When you are looking to rent a new home or an apartment, you should think about the location where part of your community lives. It is important to think about safety in certain neighborhoods around Tripoli.

If Arabic isn’t your first language, it’s extremely important to have help translating it. It’s important that you can clearly understand every part of the contract. You should expect that any contracts will be in Arabic only.

The two parties involved are your landlord (the first party) and you (the second party). For both parties, the contract should state their names, nationalities, proof of ID, professions, and city of residence.

The first party cannot change (increase or decrease) the rent price or nullify the contract till the end date of the contract or by mutual consent. The second party is also usually responsible for maintenance of the property. At the end of the rental period, the second party is also responsible for leaving the property in its original condition.

While the dates marking the duration of your renting period will change depending on your specific situation, it’s usually the length of a year.

The contract will also include basic information about the property: the property’s category (home, apartment, land, shop, etc.…), location (city and neighborhood), and dimensions. You will also find any additional conditions agreed on by both parties. This can vary from contract to contract.

Cultural norms and practices play a significant role in the rental process in Libya. Building positive relationships with landlords and neighbors is essential, as personal connections often facilitate smoother transactions. Respect for local customs, such as dressing modestly and observing traditional greetings, can help individuals integrate into their new community and foster mutual trust and respect.

Above all, make sure you work with people you trust. If you don’t understand something because of language or cultural barriers, please ask for help. 

Where can I get more information?

If you have any further questions or need more information that you cannot find in the article, you can directly contact the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Information, Counseling, and Legal Assistance Department by phone to discuss housing, land, and property rights through the following hotlines:


•  Tripoli hotline: 0913500364

• Benghazi hotline: 0916727994

• Ajdabiya hotline: 0915486586