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Housing in Uzbekistan
 
 
 

Buying a Property

Purchasing property in Uzbekistan requires a foreign national to obtain a status of residency in the country, though this process can take a while thanks to prohibitive levels of bureaucracy and other minor pitfalls. A respected local lawyer should be employed to help with the process, as well as with land titles and other matters. The government are making a concentrated effort to make property purchases easier for foreign nationals as a way of increasing foreign investment, so things are slowly getting simpler.

Once residency or a passport is set up, the transaction for the property can get underway. As a legal entity in the country, foreign individuals are party to the same treatment as domestic citizens but with a few extra tax breaks here and there. The process is straight forward but can be slow again thanks to bureaucracy. Before agreements are signed it should be checked numerous times that the property being bought is legally owned by the seller – the land registry can prove useless at times so this is imperative to the sale. Once it is checked, the deposit is paid and the documents are sent to the local registry for the title to be signed over to the buyer. Once this process is complete the remainder of the fee can be paid, along with applicable taxes and lawyer/notary costs.

Renting a Property

Since there is so much red tape involved for expatriates, almost all foreign residents rent. However, renting is not authorised by the government, so home seekers need to deal directly with the owner. Rents generally are inflated for expatriates, but you will find that, even at these higher rates, living in the best neighbourhoods in Tashkent is quite affordable.

It is expected that foreigners will be charged three to five times the regular amount for housing. Generally, bargaining is fairer for the expatriate, or the person making your housing arrangements, especially if the negotiator has a command of either Russian and/or Uzbek. This allows the owner and the potential renter to understand each other clearly on the terms of the lease. Otherwise, it is much more likely that the expatriate renter will pay much more than the standard price.

In the event that one cannot immediately arrange housing, there are a number of hotels available in the cities than can accommodate foreigners; however, the quality of service is not nearly as high as Western establishments. Amenities such as indoor plumbing, hot water and on-site restaurants are difficult to find, especially if you are operating on a budget. There is a reasonably priced guest house in Bukhara known as Mubenjon that provides meals and Western-style plumbing facilities. The Hotel Orkanchi guest house in Khiva provides a decent meal and room at a low price, despite the inconvenience of the outhouses. Samarkand's Hotel Zerafshan is also inexpensive and provides a slightly more enjoyable atmosphere than other local hotels. Tashkent's most notable establishment, Hotel Uzbekistan, is expensive.

Downtown Tashkent experienced bombings in 2004, but, “Foreigners clearly were not targeted; the police were the obvious aims of the violence,” according to one expatriate living in the country. Her firm did not change its business practices during the bombings and subsequent crackdown. She took a few extra precautions, such as not straying far from the office and/or home and avoiding meetings in large assembly areas. Simply due to its location (bordering Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) the threat of terrorism is constant.

 

 
 


 



 


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