What a Tenant Should Know to Rent a Flat in Spain

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If you want to say in Spain longer than a week or ten days, renting a flat may be a cheaper option than staying in a hotel. In this article, we offer you some advice to take into consideration when renting a flat to stay in in Spain.

1. Be careful with the deposit

When renting long term, owners used to ask for one month’s rent as deposit. Sadly, tourists are not as responsive as they should be and now more and more owners ask for two- or three-months’ rent. Always keep in mind that a deposit of more than three months is illegal.

When you leave the property, if it is in good condition, the owner should give you this amount back. However, in the same way that there are bad tenants, there are bad landlords. If you are going to pay a big deposit, make sure to take pictures of the broken things in the property, attach them to the contract and make the landlord sign the pictures.

The owner should give the deposit to the regional authority. Make sure they do this.

2. If something basic is broken, the owner should repair it

The property should be in a reasonable condition. You should have heating, hot water, electricity, etc. If something is not working properly, the owner should repair it before you sign the contract.

Do not believe in promises. If there is a promise, it should be written in the contract.

3. Get written documentation for everything you pay

Everything you pay to the owner should be recorded in a paper and signed by the both sides.

4. Avoid those that don’t want bureaucracy

There is a broad underground economy in Spain. If you want to be sure about your rights, you should follow the rules. Therefore, you need contracts. If an owner doesn’t want a contract, you had better look for another place.

5. Check what expenses are included in the price

Sometimes the price will include the neighbourhood association fee and sometimes not. This depends on what you agree. Be sure to check what extra costs you will need to pay. For example, heating, gas, association fee, etc.

6. Add an inventory to the contract

In addition to the pictures you may take, add an inventory to the contract. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for the things in the inventory and you should give them back when you leave, but this way you avoid that the owner says he had a precious armchair or anything of a great value that you should pay for.

We all are very nice when meeting someone to agree a rent, but then when issues arise many of us change our mood. It is better to have everything stated in the contract and avoid misunderstandings, especially when you are in another country with logic communication limitations. Do not rely on good people, but on the law. Chances are that you will solve everything by talking, but with a contract you and the owner will be in a safer position.

14th August 2019
//Spanish Probate Matters