So you too are part of the 60% of Italians who prefer to rent a holiday home to hotels and bed and breakfasts.
But beware of the nasty surprises that are always around the corner!
Whether you are renting a villa in Marche, a farmhouse with swimming pool in Tuscany, a baglio in Sicily or one of the huts in Trentino, the risk of small or large inconveniences is a constant.
First of all, before you start looking for a house to rent, it is good to understand who you want to contact: a tour operator, a private individual or an agency.
In the first case, even in the worst case, the disadvantages are limited
because you only have one contact person who will make the reservation and organize your holiday.
In the other two cases – whether you decide to contact a real estate agency or a private person – as there is no expert organization behind it, it is advisable to be careful, because there will be more interlocutors (sometimes without experience) and therefore – in some cases – more risk factors.
Here are some simple but useful suggestions that will help you to choose more easily the ideal holiday home, without the risk of running unnecessary risks!
- Always make sure that there is a written contract signed in black and white, in which you will have to provide basic information, such as information about the owner, the tenant, the address of the house, the number of rooms and beds, the amount of rent, any deposit and expenses included in the fee.
It is important to ensure that you specify which expenses are not included in the fee, but also the time and manner of delivery of the home and the return of the keys to the owner (or to the real estate agent, or broker).
So make sure that the rent includes final cleaning, water, electricity and gas, linen and other condominium expenses.
- Before signing the rental agreement, you should ask to enter all relevant information, including the inventory of items and accessories supplied in the house, so as to avoid unpleasant misunderstandings at the end of the holiday.
- If the duration of the holiday is less than 30 days, it is not mandatory to register the lease.
If, on the other hand, the holiday period is longer than one month, 50% of the registration costs will be borne by both the owner and the tenant.
The registration of the contract must be done at a Registry Office or on the website of the Revenue Agencies.
- Before confirming the booking and signing the relevant rental contract, make sure that the house is actually in the area you have chosen and have the distance from the sea indicated in the advertisement confirmed (it often happens that the house overlooking the sea is actually far from the beach).
To be sure, let us give you the exact address (including number) and check on Google Map the distance from the beach.
- But are you really sure that the person you are dealing with is actually the owner of the apartment you are going to rent?
To make sure this is the case, simply ask the owner to send you a copy of the deed of ownership of the apartment you are renting by post. You’ll risk being picky, but at least you won’t risk booking and paying the rent of a ghost house, ruining your holiday!
- Once you have viewed the apartment, carefully check that everything is in perfect condition and that there is no hidden damage: leaking taps, peeling walls, holes in the wall, broken or chipped glass, broken or shaky chairs or tables, etc.. In this case, point it out immediately and report everything in a document (which you will attach to the rental agreement), then ask that everything you need to spend a safe holiday be repaired immediately. In the absence of such notes on the contract, it is likely that you will have to pay for the damage that you have not done!