There are three common types of rental contracts in Italy:
a) Transitory Tenancy Agreement (Contratto ad uso transitorio): for students, up to a 36-month stay.
b) 3+2: A 3-year minimum lease renewable for an additional 2 years.
c) 4+4: A 4-year contract renewable for an additional 4 years.
Renting an apartment in Italy can require a lot of paperwork: owners are super careful to protect themselves from default on payment of the lease, when they put out their place for rent, often asking for hefty advances and deposits. Read carefully the lease agreement before signing. You can consult with a tenants' union (sindacato inquilini) or a real estate broker to protect your rights and help you get the right deal.
After signing, either the landlord or the tenant have 30 days to register the contract with the Italian Revenue Agency (Agenzia delle Entrate). The registration is compulsory by law and, and in order to obtain your residency in Milano you need a registered contract proving where you live.
The cost of the registration tax -- 2% of the annual rent – is split 50:50 between landlord and tenant.
Cost of heating and utilities can be included in the rent contract. In that case, it’s a good idea to ask your landlord to itemize the amounts for each utility bill at the end of the year, so you are fully informed of the actual expenses.We set up a whole section of our website to give you the basic tips about rents READ MORE