MAKE THE PLACE READY– Make your place as attractive as possible for your new tenants.
In Spain, renting property is unfortunately not as flexible and popular as it is in the UK. However, it is picking up, and it will be useful to have some basic advice if you are renting your property to tenants or if you are a tenant who wants to rent a bedroom or a property in Spain.
Advice for landlords and owners
SHORT PERIOD CONTRACT– If you are renting your place for a few weeks or months, get paid in advance as much as possible plus the deposit, if possible. If the rental contract is for 3 months, get the payment in full. Arrange a “Contrato de temporada” – it means an agreement for a certain period up to 11 months.
LONG PERIOD CONTRACT– If you are renting your place for a long period, beware that it should be from 1 to 5 years. If the tenants pay and meet the terms of the contract, they can stay up to 5 years regardless your will.
THE DEPOSIT– Always get a 1 month deposit… it is compulsory by law and it will also cover you in the event of damage to the flat. You cannot forget this.
INVENTORY -Take stock of everything. It will be useful when the tenants check out. The purpose of the deposit is to cover any damages and unpaid utility bills. The purpose of the deposit is not to cover the last month´s rent.
THE CONTRACT -Make a tenant agreement (you should do it for your own good). It is better to do it in terms of an “alquiler solidario” rather than an “alquiler mancomunado”. If the tenants do not pay and the contract is “solidario”, any of the tenants are responsible for the whole debt. Otherwise, if it is “mancomunado”, each tenant is responsible for a proportional part of the debt.
LEAVING- Leave the place as it was… no more, no less.
Advice for tenants
LEAVING- You must give 30 days notice before leaving the place. Nevertheless, if you have a certain contract term length –i.e. a 1 year contract, and you want to leave earlier, you have to give a convincing reason. An offer of a new job in a different location is the most popular reason. Otherwise, you will be breaking the contract.
THE DEPOSIT- Whenever you check out, make sure that you agree about how much of the deposit you will recover from the landlord. He is entitled to spend as much time as he needs to check the property. Get a receipt for any payment. This is a must!!!
THE CONTRACT- Always ask for an agreement.
PETS- Legally, unless it is stated in the contract that pets are not allowed or that you have to ask the landlord if you can bring your pet into the place, nobody can put up any objection about it.
YOUR PRIVACY- By law, it is appropriate for you to allow future tenants to see the flat when your contract is about to expire and the landlord wants to show the property. The place where you live is your private home address until the contract finishes or until a Judge says that you must go -if things become complicated.
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