There are three common types of rental contracts in Italy:
a) Transitory Tenancy Agreement for Students ("Contratto ad uso transitorio"): up to 36 months stay.
b) 3+2: A 3-years minimum renewable contract.
c) 4+4: a 4-years renewable contract.
Renting an apartment in Italy can require a lot of paperwork, as owners are super careful to protect themselves as they rent their spaces out. It’s a good idea to have your agent or broker take care of it for you, outside of the actual signing of your lease agreement.
After signing, the owner or the tenant have 30 days to register the contract with the Revenue Agency (Agenzia delle Entrate). The registration is compulsory by law and, to obtain your residency in Milano you need a legal contract.
The payment of the contract registration tax - 2% of the annual rent – shall be 50% covered by the landlord and the tenant.
Also utilities can be included in your rent contract. In that case, it’s a good idea to ask your landlord to itemize the amounts for each bill at the end of the year, so you are fully informed of the actual expenses.