Are you looking for an apartment to rent in Accra, Ghana? Have you become frustrated with the unavailability of a centralized place to browse through apartment listings? We can provide you a few tips on how to go about looking for an apartment in Ghana. The video below is probably the kind of apartment videos about Ghana you see on Youtube but that is not the reality when it comes to ordinary places to rent.
First, you need to find a realtor to help you in the search. That may sound basic, but finding a realtor in Ghana can be a challenge because the realtor industry is not formalized. You can search the web and it will be hard to find a trustworthy site advertising the services of a realty. And if you find one, reaching the person is not usually easy as it should. That’s because they will usually list their email address as their main contact information but they rarely follow up on emails, which makes you wonder why they provide this information in the first place.
The next tip is to be realistic in your expectations. You are not going to find western style apartments with all the appliances you are used to. There is probably a good chance the apartment will not have a washer or dryer. The kitchen may not have stove either and if it did, it may be a table top gas stove which you will have to get your own propane – LPG gas to run. Lastly, you need to know that you will have to pay a year or two advance rent. That is how is works in Ghana. Because of inflation, property owners collect a year or more in advance rent to protect their investment. That may come as a shock to many western renters but that’s how it works and you have to prepare for it.
The best advice is to give it time and keep trying different realtors until you get in contact with someone that knows the landscape and can give you a good idea of available listings and what amenities you may be able to get on your list. You can find a video like the BBC one above that promises all these luxury apartments in accra, but for the average person looking for a basic western apartment to rent, the pickings can be slip or hard to find.
If you are patient, you can still find an apartment in a good neighborhood that will make your stay in Ghana more pleasant. Just don’t get frustrated at the first obstacle or missing must have.