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Housing Questions (Viña del Mar)

We are planning to retire to Chile in December Protected content .
We will be visiting the Valparaiso and Concepcion areas to find a
suitable neighborhood.
We will arrive on a tourist visa and immediately apply for a long term
residency visa.
We want to rent/lease an apartment, condo, or small house and
we have a few questions about the process in Chile.
1. What are the legal requirements or customary business practices
for renting in regards to visa type or status?
2. What is the customary deposit, e.g., 1 month rent?
3. What is the prevalence of furnished versus unfurnished?
4. What is the customary lease length?
5. How do you find available apartments?
6. How do you find reputable rental agencies?
7. What is the 'normal' sequence of events beginning with 'I want to rent this'
and ending with a set of keys and moving in?

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