At Helvetic Design Properties, we’re dedicated to getting the right result for you. When letting your property, our enviable reputation and exclusive network of clients enable us to attract the highest quality tenants. Our teams across our Barcelona and country offices know their area and the local lettings market intimately, guaranteeing you a thorough and pro-active service. Helvetic Design Properties will treat your property with the utmost respect, ensuring discretion and maximum effectiveness in the process to match the best possible tenants.
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Our rental experts will guide you through the whole process, helping to negotiate contracts and advising on any relocation issues. Our exceptional levels of customer service guarantee that the experience is as quick, stress-free and efficient as possible.
To rent a property in Spain it is essential to open a Spanish bank account in order to set up direct debits for all of the utilities (water, gas, electricity, phone & internet). You will also need to bring along your passport/ID card and if you are going to be working in Spain you will be required to apply for a NIE number (Tax Identification number for foreigners: http://www.practicalspain.com/NIE.htm). The owners will normally also ask for some references as an employment contract, pay slips or other references; to show that you will be a good tenant and to qualify your financial status and ability to cover the rent payments.
Once you have chosen an apartment and the rental price has been agreed the first stage is to leave a reservation deposit. This reserve payment can vary depending on when the moving-in date is but is normally equivalent to one month’s rent and afterwards will be deducted from the deposit payable on signature of the rental contract.
By law, on the day of signing, the tenant is obliged to give the owner a minimum cash deposit of one month’s rent. This deposit (or “fianza”) is to insure against any possible damage to the apartment and it must be deposited in the Chamber of Urban Property (in the case of Catalunya it is the Institut Català del Sól). The deposit is returned after the tenancy agreement is terminated and the owner has 30 days to verify that everything is in a good state, except for normal wear and tear. If the deposit is not returned when the contract is terminated, the tenant can claim not only the return of the amount but also the interest it has generated. However, it is very common that landlords ask tenants for different deposit amounts or additional guarantees. This is perfectly legal and should be negotiated between the tenant and landlord. In some cases landlords will ask for a bank guarantee (or aval bancario) to protect them against the possible non payment of rent. If the tenant defaults on his payments, the bank can be addressed by the court to release the amount held under bank guarantee to the tenant. Helvetic Design Properties is not responsible for the deposit or for making the change over of the utilities.
Types of contracts
In Spain, there are four types of rental contracts: • Short term rental contracts less than 3 months. • Temporary rental contracts of more than 3 months, but less than 1 year. • Long term rental contracts: 1 year minimum obligatory with the right to stay up to 5 years. After the first year, if you wish to terminate the contract you need to give two months notice to the owner and send a written notification. • Luxury properties (“vivienda suntuaria”): For properties more than 300 square meters or over 43.000 Euros per year.
We would strongly recommend that tenants take out an insurance policy to cover any possible damages in the apartment. In any case, the tenant should ask the landlord to display the insurance policy he has.
Helvetic Design Properties fees payable by the tenant
• For short term rentals: Up to 3 months: 20% + IVA of the total amount. • 3 month’s minimum up to 10 months: 15 % + IVA (21%) of the total amount. • Long term rentals: 1 year 10% of the yearly rent + IVA (21%). The agency fees must be paid in full on the day of signing of the rental contract.