10 Things You May Not Know About Renting In Spain

14th November 2016 No Comments

10 Things You May Not Know About Renting In Spain

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In Spain, many things are done somewhat differently than in the UK, and renting a property is no exception. Here is a list of 10 things our clients are often surprised to find out when they contact us to discuss renting a property in Javea.

  1. It is challenging to find an unfurnished rental property in Spain, so don’t plan on turning up with a removal van from the UK if you plan on renting!
  2. Long-term lets should have an energy efficiency certificate. This lets you know if a property will be expensive to heat. Newer properties will typically have a better energy rating than older homes.
  3. In Spain the winters can get quite cold, even in the more southern towns. So if you are viewing during the warm months, pay attention to the heating in the property. You may find there is no system in place for heating, so you will have to budget for purchasing a stove or radiators if you plan on using the property in the winter.
  4. “Rural” locations are attractive because even if you are only five or ten kilometres inland, rents are often much lower than in the town centre.
  5. A landlord will likely expect you to pay for “wear and tear” repairs and replacements, so make sure all appliances and furnishings are in a reasonable condition before you sign a rental contract. You can also stipulate you do not expect to pay to replace old appliances – for example if the fridge looks like it has seen better days, make sure an agreement is included in the contract that the landlord will replace it in the event it gives up.
  6. Taxes are usually included in the monthly rent, but some landlords may expect a tenant to pay extra for town hall rubbish collection charges and yearly communal maintenance fees. Before signing anything, check! Or contact us, because as your agent, we will do this for you.
  7. If you default on your rent for six weeks, a landlord may start the legal eviction process. In the past this was not possible until a period of six months had passed.
  8. If a landlord carries out a significant home improvement of the property, for example he installs a Jacuzzi or sauna; he may legally increase the monthly rental.
  9. If your landlord decides to sell, as the tenant he must first inform you of his intention and selling price. You then have 30 days to exercise your right to buy the property before it is offered to anyone else.
  10. Subletting as a tenant is possible, but before doing so you must have the written consent of the property owner, and by law you cannot ask for a higher rent than that you pay yourself

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