Part 2: Investing in Bali Property During COVID-19

Investing in Bali property has been a lucrative way of generating cash flow for the past ten years and improving your investment portfolio for so many seeking secondary homes, holiday homes or just investments opportunities for development. Currently, the influx of tourists to the island may have ceased during 2020 heading into 2022 due to the COVID19 outbreak, but preparations for […]

What Is An IMB?

IMB in Bali property

Do you know why you need IMB in Bali property? If you ask some agency or property management to market your villa, they will ask you if you have IMB. An IMB is essentially the building permit or “permit to establish a building”. It also serves as a registration document for the building, also specifies […]

Bali Ownership: Freehold vs Leasehold

villa in pererenan with stunning view

Knowing Bali ownership is essential. If you are a foreign property investor, whether you choose to buy which title will depend on your particular needs. Freehold properties in Bali are still the most requested and purchased properties by foreigners. Even though using Indonesian entity (nominee) as a titleholder for the land certificate might be necessary. […]

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Type of property ownership dedicated for local investors or foreigners under legal cooperation in Indonesia. The freeholder of a property owns it outright, including the land it is built on. If you buy freehold, you’re responsible for maintaining your property and land, so you’ll need to budget for these costs and taxes.


Surat Hak Milik (SHM) / Surat Hak Guna Bangunan (SHGB)


Lifetime, or until it’s sold to a new owner

owner status

Indonesian individual only or foreigner who has a company in Indonesia (PMA) to buy the property under that company’s name



Type of property ownership for foreign investors who are willing to purchase the property as an individual. With leasehold, you own the property (subject to the terms of the leasehold) for the length of your lease agreement with the freeholder. When the lease ends, ownership returns to the freeholder, unless the contract states guaranteed lease extension at future market price.


Akta Sewa / Right to use – Right to rent


Average 20-30 years, with possible extension. Maximum 99 years

owner status

All people including Indonesian and foreigner with KITAS-Visa status