How is Rent Paid in Jamaica?

how to pay rent in jamaica

How is rent paid in Jamaica? || Answered By Kadian Clarke, Associate Writer

You are considering renting a home here in Jamaica?


There are however some basic information that you will need to know.

These simple, but important steps, below will guide you through the process.

The Searching process

There are different ways to find a home for rental in Jamaica.

If you have internet access, one contemporary method is through facebook groups. But you have to be persistent with this method since It sometimes tend to be unpredictable.

There is also a website called Property Ads Jamaica online. This can be a bit volatile, but it’s worth giving a try.

A better way to find a rental would be to check the news paper classifieds online. The popular newspapers here are the Gleaner, The Jamaica Observer and the Western Mirror for Western Jamaica.

You are sure to have a better chance with these.

But, perhaps the best way to see success is to simply ask a friend living in the area of your interest. Jamaicans often know a lot of places for rent and may ask around for you.

Note that there are two common types of rentals in Jamaica, the private property rental and the shared property rental.

From my personal experience, it is far better to rent a private property.

This gives you more privacy and you will feel safer than living with someone else, especially if it is a complete stranger.

However, the cost will be higher than that of a shared rental.

Rental Prices

To inform you on the price of rentals in Jamaica may be difficult since the price varies greatly.

You will be charged depending on what you are looking for in a home, and location plays an integral part in the pricing process as well.

I would say though, the cost of a one bedroom studio near a mainstream or tourist area may go up as much as $50,000 JMD, although, that’s less than $500.00 USD at the current exchange rate.

On the other hand, you may get a 3 bedroom in a more remote community for the same price or even less!

And for Payment?

When you first rent a home, in most cases the first month’s rent and security deposit, which is equivalent to one month’s rent is due upfront.

Each month going forward, you will pay this exact amount on the rental due date each month.

Payments are usually made directly to the Landlord in cash, but in cases where the Landlord is not living on property, you will have the opportunity to do bank transfers.

Some rental companies may provide more payment options such as the use of personal cheque bank cheque, money order or even paypal.

Please bear in mind that the property law states that the Landlord may increase the rent by 7.5% annually without notice to the Rent Board.

So don’t be alarmed if you see an unexpected increase in rent as the years progress.

Pay On Time!

It is imperative to note also that you pay your rent on time each month or no later than 30 days after it became due to avoid being served an eviction notice.

I welcome your comments here.


  • How to Rent a Home in Jamaica. (n.d) Retrieved from Jamaica My Way, Getting Lost on the Island since 2003

  • Jamaican pro-landlord luxury market. (2017, November 29) Retrieved from Global Property Guide, Financial Information for Residential Property Buyers

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to JamaicaQuestions.

New! Talk To Me
Was the information helpful? Something needs changing? I welcome your feedback here.

Read More ...

Recommended For You ...

Don't Make The Mistakes Others Do!

Get The TIPS & TRICKS For Your Jamaica Vacation In Our Jamaica Travel Guide!

jamaica travel guide

Click Here To Get Your Copy

And, Before You Go!

Here (below) are some sweet deals on matching products at Amazon that you might have otherwise missed., by the way, is the internet's most reputable retailer and usually showcases only the best products that are related to your search. Be sure to check them out.

Note: If link does not show, please click here to be redirected to our page at

Great Articles You Might Have Missed

data-matched-content-rows-num="2" data-matched-content-columns-num="3"

Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)

Also connect with on Social Media: 
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Thank You!

P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?

Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!

Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.

About The Author

wellesley gayle - booking link

A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' - since April 2007.  

To date, he serves over 8,300 unique readers / viewers per day.

His efforts have earned him featured positions in local publications, including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers, as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies and universities.

He invites you to join his friends list and stay updated on all the latest. You are also invited to join his exclusive patron community

Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle

New Here?

I recommend you START HERE to enjoy the best of this website!

What's New?

Click Here to see the VERY latest articles and features.

Trending Now

Site Sponsors


Our Preferred Sponsors  & Friends (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

list your business here

Builders in Jamaica - Building Contractors
Recommended Building Contractors In Jamaica Photographers in Jamaica
Wedding Photographers
Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale


Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

Top Articles

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. How To Get A Bailiff In Jamaica?

    Sep 16, 19 12:58 PM

    Where can you find bailiffs in Jamaica and how can you get one to remove a squatter or perhaps even tennant, who is occupying your property illegally.

    Read More

  2. Cost of cutting keys in Jamaica

    Sep 15, 19 09:08 PM

    Yes, we answer almost all questions about Jamaica from the best places to visit to yes, the cost of cutting keys! And that's the question we'll answer

    Read More

  3. Jamaican visiting france, need a visa?

    Sep 15, 19 09:02 PM

    I have a Jamaican friend with Jamaican passport. He wants to visit me in France for 6 months. Does he also need a Visa? How long can he stay for? Thanks

    Read More

  4. Congratulations | The Jamaica Recipe Contest Winners Are Now Posted

    Sep 14, 19 07:56 PM

    The fun Jamaica recipe contest has ended and we have the winners, all of six (6) of them. Here they are, and this is what they won.

    Read More

New!  I've created a Welcome Audio. Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here to get my latest updates.