Payment and agreement
The first month rent is paid on arrival of the tenant, by the handover of the property in cash, so please ensure you have the necessary amount in euros. This is when the final rental contract is signed and you receive your keys to the property.
The lease agreement (Contrato de Arrendamiento) sets out certain provisions which are there to protect both the tenant and the landlord, they include the amount of rent to be paid and the payment terms, which party is liable for the utility bills and who is liable for any damaged to the property. Normally the landlord is responsible for the maintenance of the property, however it is the tenant’s responsibility to repair damage caused by themselves through accident or willful neglect.
In the final contract it is customary to include an inventory of the contents of the home (provided the home is being let as furnished accommodation). This will help to address any problems at the end of the tenancy such as broken or missing furniture of electrical items.