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​Jerusalem housing guide


Assistance and information regarding housing

​At the Immigrant Appeals Bureau of the Municipal Absorption Authority, among other things, one can obtain assistance and information regarding housing:

  • Information and advice on housing and search options
  • Benefits and discounts on brokerage services for immigrant buyers
  • Benefits and discounts on legal services for immigrants


Violetta Kleinman - Coordinator, Office of referral 02-6234365

More information about housing can be found on the Ministry of Absorption site

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Renting or purchasing an apartment

​Once you find an apartment, before you sign the lease you should find out the following important things:

  1. Apartment Location - Is the apartment close to sites of interest relevant to you - job, school? Is there easy access to public transport? Is there parking?
  2. The State of the Apartment- whether the apartment is on the ground floor? If not, is there an elevator? How are the faucets? Is there moisture in the ceiling and walls? Is the apartment spotless? If so, is the landlord going to want you to whitewash when you vacate at the end of the contract – you should discuss that with him/her before you sign. What condition is the kitchen in? Is there a fridge in the apartment? If the apartment is furnished, record the contents of the apartment and even photograph them so that there won’t be disputes with the landlord over damages at the end of the lease period.
  3. Heating – The winter months are quite cold in Jerusalem so it is important to check if the apartment is heated and how. There are apartments that do not have heating at all. If there is building-wide heating, you will most likely have to pay the building committee extra during the winter months. This may add up to 400 NIS or more on top of rent. If the heating is powered by electricity, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the electricity bill. On the upside, it’s usually cheaper than gas-powered heat. There are other options such as kerosene heaters.
  4. Municipal Tax (Arnona) – If you rent an apartment (and you didn’t get the landlord to agree in writing that he/she will be paying it), or if you bought a property, you must open an account in your name with the Municipality in order to receive the discount to which you are entitled as new immigrants. The property tax billing amount is determined by the neighborhood, building use and size of the apartment. Residential dwellings are divided into 4 regions and 4 different types of apartments. You can check with the Municipality to find out the annual rate determined for the property in which you live.

Assistance and information regarding housing:

Contact: Violetta Kleinman - Coordinator, Office of referral 02-6234365

More information about housing can be found on the Ministry of Absorption site

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Municipal Tax (Arnona)

Definition – what is the municipal tax?

The municipal tax is imposed on holders of buildings and land, by virtue of the law. The charge is made once a year and refers to the period between January 1 to December 31 of the same year. According to the stipulations of the law, the obligation to pay municipal tax applies on the 1st of January every year (unless the city council determines otherwise).

Payment beyond 30 days from the said date will bear interest and linkage differentials according to the Law of Local Authorities (interest and linkage differentials for compulsory payments), 1980.

About property tax reductions for new immigrants

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Real Estate websites

Yerushalmi (website in Hebrew)
Homeless (website in Hebrew)
Yad2 (website in Hebrew)

Winwin (website in Hebrew)

Apartments Israel



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