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Due to the high price of real estate in Sri Lanka, rental properties are a more convenient alternative for many. Expats find a house for rent in Sri Lanka a cheaper option compared to houses for sale in Sri Lanka due to tax reasons. Vacation rentals are on a short term basis and ideal for tourists. But those who move to the country for the long term can find fully furnished houses with a range of facilities in highly residential areas. Air conditioned bed rooms are important, especially due to the tropical weather and hot summer days. Rent in Sri Lanka varies based on the location. In the city centre the average price of a single story, 1 bedroom house for rent is likely to be Rs. 40-60,000 while outside the city centre the rent is much lower between Rs. 15-25,000. A 2 to 3 bedrooms’ house is ideal for an average family with dining and living rooms, house located close to local amenities. The surrounding facilities also affect the house rent.
The only operating expense for landlords is the landscaping. In addition, the rents for single family are growing fast at 4.5% annually now compared with 3% rent growth for multifamily apartments, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. There is also much less turnover in single-family rentals, and the rental market is much less volatile than the home sales market.
"It's viewed as an ancillary income stream. We see this as more and more renters may prefer to raise a family or live in a single-family home versus an apartment complex or community or building. And so it is part of our Apartment Living group," Toll Brothers CEO Douglas Yearley said on the company's second quarter earnings conference call last month.
Popular areas like the Galle Road are important business hubs and offers plenty of commercial property. Multi story house owners sometimes let out their ground floor for business outlets or offices. Renting property is all too common among businesses too. Lands for sale in Sri Lanka has been experiencing a rise in value with the ever increasing demand for real estate from both locals and foreigners. New business start-ups have triggered a range of property developments such as mixed developments, luxury condominium and modern houses in different parts of the island. Luxury houses for rent are a growing market within properties in Sri Lanka. Since popular cities such as Colombo, Galle and Kandy fall into the high price zone in Sri Lanka, houses for rent is a cost-effective option for many in current times. The country’s low cost of living and unique natural beauty makes this a wonderful living destination. 

"I think that these funds, these investor groups are looking at a cultural move away from your garden apartment with elevators, swimming pools, tennis courts and common areas," Ellenburg said. "Homeownership is looking less desirable to some, particularly in the affordable arena, and they have a chance, for very close to the same price, to rent a three-bedroom, two-bath or a four-bedroom, three-bath home and are able to call it their own."
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