Chennai for 2 years?

#1 Apr 11th, 2013, 20:59
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Hello

I have just been asked by my company to move to Chennai for 2 years to be the IT Manager.

I've spent around 8 weeks in Chennai in the past 4 months working and really like it, but a bit unsure about living her for a long period.

What would you recommend to ask for in my moving package? Any suggestions for essential items?

I would be working in an office on Anna Salai so accommodation near would be a good idea

Thanks

Andrew
#2 Apr 12th, 2013, 21:12
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Anna Salai is really long. Where in Anna Salai ? If you are going to be near Gemini Bridge for example, then you can live in Nungambakkam, Alwarpet, Gopalapuram (all freaking expensive for Chennai standard) are good area.
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or t.nagar, nandanam, rajah annamalaipuram....the place name list is endless.
#4 Apr 30th, 2013, 17:37
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I'm two years into Chennai. Things I would ask for:

They cover costs for a return visit home once a year.
Car, car + driver, or travel allowance.
Servant (cooking, cleaning, laundry, perhaps prepares and brings you lunch)

Enjoy your journey! I love it here.
#5 Aug 28th, 2013, 14:48
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Hi again, sorry to bump an old thread!

My secondment was delayed for a while but has now been confirmed for 2 years starting in January.

The HR department of my company are currently putting together a package, they have never sent anyone to India before, and I need some advice on what I should be asking for. So far I have the following:
  • 1.5 - 2 Lakh per month for apartment
  • Car with driver
  • 3 return trips back to UK per year
  • Salary Increase (First time Manager Position)
  • Maid - for cooking/cleaning/washing clothes (how much does this cost?)
  • Living allowence (not sure about this one?)
  • Any Customs/Tax issues paid for by company
  • Full International Health Insurance

Anything else obvious that I've missed out?

The main issue I am concerned about is the apartment. I've been trying to do as much research as possible and it seems like finding an unfurnished apartment is much easier than finding a furnished one, and even if you do manage to find one the furnishing is on the poor side. However, unfurnished really does mean empty, as in nothing but a kitchen sink (if you're lucky). How true is this? Should I be asking for a furniture allowance as well? How much?

If I end up having to buy lots of items for my apartment, where is the best place to do this? I was looking at Croma and Urban Ladder. Are these any good?

My office is on Anna Salai near the "YMCA College of Physical Education". Ideally I would like to live close to the office so my commute isn't hours, but also in a central area. I don't know Chennai very well, are there good areas near my office?

I've also been told that I should expect to be living in a hotel for a few weeks as it can take time to find a decent apartment, and furnish it, is that correct?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm contracted in the UK, currently coming to the end of a 2 year secondment to Paris, and going to India for 2 years is a big decision for me. Not to mention that I will be going from an Admin position to a Manager position...

Any advice is welcome please
#6 Aug 28th, 2013, 16:22
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I've also been told that I should expect to be living in a hotel for a few weeks as it can take time to find a decent apartment, and furnish it, is that correct?
It's simply a case of you finding your way around a city that you don't know, finding somewhere convenient, that you like.

Even at today's prices. your accommodation budget seems very generous! If this is the sort of money your company is spending on you then you [they] might go to someone like Global Adjustments who will help with the whole thing. Google will tell you more.
#7 Aug 28th, 2013, 17:21
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Thanks for the advice. I have a French colleague living in CHennai right now and 1.5 lakh is what he told me I should be asking for

Which areas should I be looking at and what kind of apartment should i expect to find for this budget?

I do know about Global Adjustments, and will mention this option to HR
#8 Aug 29th, 2013, 01:03
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I have had nothing to do with the rental market since my first home here, a pleasant but not modern, unfurnished, 2 bed, 2 hall, kitchen, bath and store room, flat (upper floor of a detached house) cost me Rs.5,000 a month

There are a couple of real-estate sites, the names I can't remember (wait, 99acres is one), which have probably-realistic pricing. That'd be the best place[s] to start.

Where should you live? Look at this Google map --- and stick pins in it! With a good budget there is no reason you should not live in that central area. Chennai is so delightfully mixed that you can find leafy streets next to commercial areas, and all dotted with poorer housing too. The only thing is ...if you want clean air, you really have no choice but to live by the sea.

I can tell you where I would live: Abhiramapuram, East Abhiramapuram, Mylapore, Alwarpet, Royapettah.

But my idea of domestic bliss may be very different from yours.

If I had to commute, I'd want to stay on the same side (North for you) of the Adyar river. Otherwise, Adyar, Besant Nagar, etc, offer lovely localities.
#9 Aug 29th, 2013, 14:46
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all i can tell you. is with that 1lakh rupees you can live s royal life here. place you mentioned is in nandanam. you can look out aparments individual houses in raja annamalai puram, alwarpet, nugambakkam etc. fully furnished. apartments also readily available for 10 thousand to 20k rupees. or you rent a beach side houses near east coast. road . commute to your work place. early. here traffic is chaotic thats why.

appoint a car driver if you like.

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