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Housing in Ethiopia

Following the nationalisation of urban land and extra houses in 1975, accommodation for expatriates was only from the Public Housing and Rental Administration of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. This department has established separate housing pools for different organisations and groups employing foreign personnel, such as embassies, UNDP and UN Agencies, ECA and OAU. Each of these bodies administers the allocation of accommodation within its own pool according to its own rules. Housing regulations have now eased and foreign residents are now allowed to seek housing on the open market.

Most accommodation in Addis Ababa and its environs is of good standard; virtually, all houses and apartments offer basic modern facilities, including hot and cold running water and electricity. There are no distinct residential areas in Addis Ababa; suitable houses may be found in all parts of the city, although some areas are more popular with foreigners than others. Most houses have pleasant gardens in their own compounds.

The monthly rent for "Government" apartments ranges from 600 to 1,600 Birr ($290-773). The rent for houses varies from 800 to 3,000 Birr ($386-1,450). A deposit equal to two months rent must be paid before a new tenant moves into an apartment or a house. Rent payments are made at the end of the month. The lease between the Public Housing and Rental Administration and the tenant must be renewed every year. Rental fees for private houses and apartments are usually higher than the rates charged for government owned accommodation.

Housing in other parts of Ethiopia is usually of a poorer quality but also cheaper than in Addis Ababa. The same difficulties and delays in finding adequate housing occur there as well in greater degree.





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