Your responsibilities as a tenant in Italy


In Italy, the last thing you want is dilapidation. The judicial system moves at a glacial pace and it is normal for lawsuits to be settled after many, many years. Given that this is the case, it is really wise to learn what are your responsibilities as a tenant in Italy. This includes, but is not limited to the below list. If you follow this list carefully, you will ensure that your checkout will be a lot easier as well as increasing the chance of getting your deposit back.

* From the date of the official check in, the tenant will have an agreed amount of time to make the property owner aware of any non-functioning items and/or damages in the property. After this time, the tenant will be responsible for any repairs/damages that need to be paid for, according to the Italian law regarding tenants.

* The tenant is responsible for the yearly check up of the boiler – this needs to be carried out by a certified professional and documented in the boiler logbook. The logbook must be returned to the landlord at the end of the tenancy with the mandatory checkups duly recorded. Keep any related invoices as proof that the servicing has been carried out.

* In addition to this, the tenant is responsible for the yearly checkup of the A/C units – this needs to be carried out by a certified professional and documented in the A/C logbook. The logbook must be returned to the landlord at the end of the tenancy with the mandatory checkups duly recorded. Keep any related invoices as proof that the servicing has been carried out.

* Any instruction booklets, remote controls, etc. that are given to the tenant at the check in must be returned at the checkout. Any missing items will be billed to the tenant.

* All official certifications regarding the water & heating systems etc. must also be returned to the landlord. The cost of replacing any missing certifications will be billed to the tenant.

* The tenant must maintain all appliances and keep the landlord informed, in writing, of any issues or works required. Failure to do this will be considered negligence.

* If the tenant does not use the oven on a regular basis, then it should be turned on at least once every two weeks, otherwise moisture collects on the elements and it will spoil over time – the tenant will be responsible for any repairs needed.

* Replace the cooker hood filters as and when they become dirty.

* Clean up spillages immediately to avoid staining and, if necessary, get the item/area cleaned or polished to remove the stain. Such damage will not be considered normal wear and tear.

* Ensure garden & plants are well maintained (by the landlord if under his/her care or by the tenant if under their responsibility).

* If there are any unused toilets, they should be flushed on a regular basis to prevent possible staining of the toilet bowl and / or unpleasant odor being emitted from the water. Any repairs needed will be billed to the tenant.

* Replace any worn-out light bulbs.

* Replace dead batteries in remote controls.

* Leave the door of the washing machine open after each use in order to allow the inside to dry – this will prevent mold from forming.

* Only clean marble/parquet floors with the specific products for these surfaces to avoid damage.

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