On the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisia is a North African country whose culture dates to antiquity. In the capital, Tunis, the palatial Bardo Museum presents archaeological exhibits from Roman mosaics to Islamic art.
The city’s medina quarter encompasses the massive Al-Zaytuna Mosque and a thriving ancient souk. To the east, the ancient Carthage site features the Antonine baths and other ruins, plus artifacts at the Carthage National Museum.
August is the hottest month in Tunis with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F) and the coldest is January at 12°C (53°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 11.5 in July.
The wettest month is December with an average of 66.8mm of rain.
A foreigner can buy a property in Tunisia, a villa or an apartment.
But a foreigner cannot buy agricultural land.
Tunisian Law authorizes any foreigner, regardless of his nationality, to purchase a property in Tunisia in urban areas and housing, intended for residential purpose provided to establish a request for authorization from the Governor of the area where the property to acquire is located.
Acquiring real estate in Tunisia is done in 3 steps:
Signing the sale agreement: offer and reservation receipt.
Application is submitted to the Governor (for a foreign buyer).
Signing the final act of sale which will entitles the foreigner a full ownership of property-freeholder.
In other words, buying real estate in Tunisia requires the intervention of a lawyer.
All these steps will be part of the contract with a lawyer who will handle the case in its entirety.
Persons of foreign nationality:
For foreign nationalities, an administrative authorization, known as "Permission of the Governor," must be filed in the Governorate (local authority) of the area where the property is located. Any foreigner can buy property provided they obtain permission, which is a condition of validity for signing the final contract of sale.
This authorization is not required when you sell.
The Agricultural Land cannot be sold to foreigners for whatever reason of the purchase.
The foreign nationalities cannot operate a farm land, through lease only. If the land is in the development plan for urban cities, it is used for residential purposes, whether on the contrary, the field is not part of this management plan, it is agricultural and it is therefore impossible to a foreigner to acquire.
The foreign buyer is obliged to conclude a sale agreement, a compromise that refers to: the property, price, price and advance all the identity information of the seller and the buyer.
This promise is essential to the application when submitted, it shall be written by a lawyer or notary. This document is proof of payment of the deposit.
An article in this promise shall contain a clause which allows to recover all or part of amounts paid during the sale agreement in case of refusal of the Governor (Denial is exceptional).
The seller engages in the sale agreement not to sell his property to someone other than the foreign buyer until the authorization is not granted, then it will lose sales opportunities and may request to keep a certain sum on deposit.
This compensation must be fixed in the drafting of the agreement to sell; it is generally 10% of the amount paid.
No legislation exists about the advance to be paid when the sale agreement, this amount is to be negotiated, and generally varies between 10 and 30%.
If the client wants to occupy the premises immediately and have the keys, all will be paid for the Signature against a pv sales made by a bailiff.
Foreigners must request the Bank to pay the deposit, a form of investment that will repatriate investment when you sell.
The sale agreement is a very important element, it is important to seek advice from the editor.
Lawyer's, estate agency fees, property taxes, (different for new or re-sales), fees of the syndicate (communal fees) and property registration costs - factor up to 8% of the sale price for these fees
Once you’ve found a place you like, it’s time to begin negotiating the contract. Landlords in Tunisia will be very up-front about cost issues and even pushy to try to get you into the apartment as soon as possible for the price that they’d like.
Hold your ground and do not rush into anything. The two most important things to consider are the duration of the contract and the cost of the rent per month. As can be expected, the shorter the contract duration, the higher the monthly rent; landlords want you to stay in their place as long as possible.
When entering into negotiations for the monthly rent, keep in mind that there is no set formula for how much to try to bargain for. The best way to know what you should be paying is to do plenty of research and preparation – this is where touring all of those other places comes in handy. Landlords may even try to tell you that there’s so-and-so family that want to move in and are willing to pay full price but that they want to rent to you because you’re a “foreigner who will keep the place clean.” Use this to your advantage as an ex-pat and don’t believe everything you hear from them.
As a rule, always try to get the monthly rent lower than advertised. Lowball them; don’t be afraid to offer the landlord something he or she will laugh at – this will start the discussion.
Once an agreement is reached you can discuss when you’ll move in. You’ll be expected to give the landlord a copy of your passport, one month’s deposit and the first month’s rent upon moving in.
Do another walkabout of the home and point out anything that needs attention as you do not want to be held liable for anything that someone else might have broken. Insist that these get taken care of before you move in and that all utilities are set up and ready for use. Make them do the work – you’re paying for it.
Fees are generally paid by the Landlord to the Agent