Premier Areas of Coverage

  • Brasília                 • Campinas
  • Curitiba                • Fortaleza
  • Hortolandia        • Porto Alegre
  • Recife                   • Resende
  • Rio de Janeiro    • São José dos Campos
  • São Paulo            • Sorocaba
  • Uberlândia

Country Details

Brazil is the largest country in South America with a population of over 192 million people.  Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, but Spanish, and English are spoken as well.  Agriculture, mining and manufacturing sectors are among the largest and most developed in Latin America. The Brazilian Reais (BRL) is the official currency.

Important things to know when renting a property in Brazil

Common Expat Areas: The areas where affordable, desirable rentals are most likely to be located within São Paulo are:  Vila Nova Conceição, Chácara Flora, Jardim Europa, Alto da Boa Vista, Pinheiros, Moema, Brooklin, Campo Belo, Morumbi.

  • Most landlords require a guarantor.  In case the transferring corporation is unable to guarantee the lease, the landlord will most likely require a bond through an insurance company or bank.
  • Landlords do not accept rent payments from abroad due to the currency restrictions.
  • Leases are 30 months, with rent negotiation on an annual basis.


  • Who pays rental commission? The landlord pays the rental commission
  • How much is the rental commission? The rental commission is one month
  • Is an advance rent required? Only if there is no guarantor or insurance bond
  • Who holds the months upfront? The landlord holds up to three months rent upfront
  • Is there a standard lease term? Thirty (30) months renewed annually for rent increase
  • What is the frequency of payments? Payments are due monthly
  • Is there a security deposit? Security deposits are not common in Brazil
  • The lease written in what language? Lease is written in Portuguese
  • The lease is normally prepared by? Lease is normally prepared by the destination services provider; preference is to use the corporate template if one is available to insure that the legal aspect has been approved
  • Is a business release clause accepted? This does not apply in Brazil as local law dictates that if the tenant needs to vacate due to relocation purposes (leaving country) a 30 day notice is given without penalties.  It is imperative to note that due to this law is not recommended for the lease to be in the company’s name; otherwise this clause would not apply

Main utilities remain in the landlord’s name, but tenant is responsible for paying them.  The tenant is responsible for connecting and paying for telephone, cable and internet service.  In order to acquire new service, the CPF number, father & mother’s name, date of birth, RNE or Passport number and profession are required.

Telephone - The most common telephone companies in São Paulo are:

Cable - Generally the housing complexes and apartment/condo buildings have a contract with a particular cable company covering the area.  The most popular companies are:
DirectTV –

The other cable option is Satellite, these are the best companies:

Cell Phone - There are a variety of cell phone companies that offer good services.  All of them will require for you to have a CPF number, even if you purchase a pre-paid package.  The most common companies are:

The most common expats school are:

  1. Graded – - Follows the American school calendar and curriculum.
  2. Chapel – - Follows the American school calendar and curriculum.
  3. St. Francis – - Follows the British school calendar and curriculum.
  4. St. Nicholas – - Follows the British school calendar and curriculum
  5. St. Paul’s – - Follows the British school calendar and curriculum.

Public schools are not recommended in Brazil.
Table of comparison: American and Brazilian Educational System


Registering your Child/ren
Non-Portuguese records may need to be officially translated. Some schools will not require translation of these records or may translate them for free.

Required documentation: requested certificates have to be legalized by the Ministry of Education from the home country.

  • School records from the your home country
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Letter submitted by the school form your home country stating what grade the child is currently attending

Depending on the child/ren’s age, private schools will require an entry test as well as the documentation mentioned above. Your Premier Destination Services consultant will arrange all necessary appointments and will accompany you and your family as needed.

The CPF is a Brazilian document of identification, and it is also required by foreigners. It is a tax payer’s I.D. and it is required for opening bank accounts, applying for credit cards, loans, financing, mortgage, in short, to build a credit history etc.  CPF is crucial and mandatory for salary payment and customs.

As soon as you arrive in Brazil you must register at Federal Police, an appointment must be made.  For your registration you will need the following documentation:

  • Four 3x4 cm photos, colored, white background, front view, without date, made of paper, and not plastic (RG Brazilian Standard). We recommend you take these pictures in Brazil and advise photographer that photos are for documentation purpose.
  • Original passport of each family member
  • Original arrival/departure card of each family member stamped by Brazilian Immigration Officer when you entered
  • Original visa application form completed at the Brazilian consulate abroad for each family member.

Driver License
A driver license in Brazil it is called CNH (Carteira Nacional de Habilitação).  It is mandatory to drive legally in Brazil after 180 days from arrival date. Appointments are made based on the current Driver’s License from the origin country. Procedures and processing times depend on the Brazilian State where you will live.  According to the new law it is necessary to go to DETRAN or POUPATEMPO for fingerprints.  After that, you can make medical and psychometric examination appointments at an authorized clinic.

In São Paulo the required documents are:

  • Original Driver’s License
  • Original sworn translation of Driver’s License
  • Document with number of RENACH to prove fingerprints were taken
  • Original Medical and psychometric examinations
  • Original RNE protocol (Temporary RNE)
  • “Certidão de Registro” issued by Federal Police less than 90 days
  • Original proof of residence in São Paulo in foreigner’s name (recent utility bill)