Italy: Renting an Apartment

If you have dreamed of living in Italy, a professional Immobiliare (Real Estate Agent) can simplify the process

Any real estate transaction has endless rules, regulations and paperwork.   Add to this that you will be working in a language that may not be your primary one and skilled help will be essential.
I try to visit Isabell Salesny when I am Rome each year and enjoy her extensive knowledge of the city where she and her partner Alfredo Di Francesco market properties for rent or sale.    They work with international clients and understand their needs.
Isabell has shared a check list of what to expect when renting a property in Italy.
So begin to dream of that perfect apartment where you can begin to live as an Italian……..

Checklist for renting (out) an apartment/office space in Italy

3 steps:

Signing the contract (3 copies), payment of the deposit (2 or 3 months rent) + 1 month rent in advance by the lessee  (a codice fiscale (tax code )from the tax office is requested, non EU members need a permit to stay)
Registration of the rental contract at the tax office within 30 days by the landlord (see registration fees below)
Notification of the tenant by registered letter with return receipt (raccomandata andata ritorno) in questura within 48 hours by the landlord
Types of contracts:
       Contratto a canone libero: 4 + 4 years, 2 or 3 months rent deposit, registration at the tax office (to be repeated every year): 2% of the annual rent

       Contratto di locazione abitativa agevolata: 3 + 2 years, rent is calculated by certain parameters and must not exceed the maximum rent of the category (every district has its own rent category), 2 months rent deposit, registration fee at the tax office (to be repeated every year): 30% less, so it is 1,4% of the annual rent

       Contratto di locazione ad uso Transitorio: 1 to 18 months,  rent is regulated as in the “contratto di locazione abitativa agevolata”, this contract can only be applied for  temporary use of the apartment (a letter of the temporary work/study period has to be attached to the contract),  2 months rent deposit, registration fee at the tax office is a 2% of the entire rental period

       Contratto di locazione ad uso professionale: 6 + 6 years: applied for office space, can be an apartment of category A10, office space, or a residential category, 2 or 3 months rent deposit, registration at the tax office (to be repeated every year): 1% of the annual rent, if tenant and landlord are companies, 2% if the landlord is not a company

References are normally requested (work contract or letter of employment)
Sometimes landlords request a “fideiussione bancaria (bank guarantee) for 6 months or 1 year which will be automatically renewed every year
For the registration of the contract (within 30 days) the cadastral data (to be found in the cadastral survey) of the apartment is needed (it will be written in the contract) as well as revenue stamps (bolli): 1 stamp: 14,62 euros every 4 pages or 100 lines. The cost of the registration fee is divided by 50% between tenant and landlord, the tax stamps are  paid the tenant.
When you rent out an apartment a copy of the tenant’s passport (plus the permit to stay for non EU members) needs to be send together with a standard form to the questura within 48 hours
The tenant’s notice of termination of lease can be 6 months, but  also be negotiated to 3 months or 1 month for residential use. It needs to be given by registered letter with return receipt (raccomandata andata ritorno)
Utilities are normally transferred to the tenants name.
Hand over lists are added, if the apartment is furnished
Office space (category A10) is not suitable for a b&b (only apartments of residential categories)
A glimpse of our listings:
Centro storico, splendid penthouse apartment with terrace, 1.900 euros/month

EUR area, bright apartment on 2 levels with private garden, 3.200 euros/month

Città Giardino, elegant apartment with terrace on the raised ground floor, 690.000 euros   

Haven’t found what you are looking for? Please check – Your Real Estate Service in Rome® was founded in 2003 by Alfredo Di Francesco, Italian, born in Rome, and Isabell Salesny, Austrian, born in Lower Austria.       We promote our listings on the most important real estate websites, offering apartments and villas for sale and for rent. will assist you in Italian, English and German.         If you rent a property through our agency we will be available during your stay in Rome and will take care of your check-in and check-out.
Moving to Rome? We hope to hear from you.

Via Lombardia, 14
00187 Roma
+39 06 8419827

Cell: +39 338 1865027
Fax: +39 06 62204902

Published by Lee Laurino

A traveler not a tourist, searching for experiences not in travel books. Solo traveler who travels as long and far as possible sharing photos of the people and places I discover

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