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Contrato de arrendamiento - Rental contract

Section for people wanting to buy, sell or rent property in Spain.

A Contrato de Arrendamiento in Spanish refers to the contract you sign for a rented property in Spain.

In a letting/rental contract one party (the landlord or letting agent) agrees to let the use of a property for a specific length of time and at an agreed price to another (the tenant).

The letting of urban buildings for housing or other purposes is regulated by the Spanish Law for Urban Lettings.

A Letting/rental contract must include the following:

  • Starting date
  • Name and identification details of the landlord
  • Name and identification details of the tenant
  • Address and details of the property
  • Cost of renting
  • Details for payment of the rent (frequency etc)
  • The length of time the letting has been agreed (if this has not been stated it is one year)
  • Specify who is responsible for paying bills such as the community charge, real estate tax etc.
  • An inventary of items included in the rental contract, such as, TVs, dishwasher, Air Conditioning units, furniture, etc..

It may also contain details of the deposit (fianza) paid by the tenant to the property owner or letting agent.






The current law for Urban Lettings provides for the annulment of any clauses that modify unfairly the norms set by this law.

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