Paying a deposit is not mandatory by law, but, if requested by the landlord, it cannot exceed 3 monthly rents.

Tips for safeguarding your deposit

It is highly advisable to take pictures of the flat before signing the agreement and draft a written report (inventory) with all the pieces of furniture and household appliances you found in the apartment.

Tips that can help you to get your deposit back without facing any issue:

  1. check carefully your tenancy agreement before leaving the apartment: e.g. it says that you should clean the carpets, or dust the shelves before leaving the flat? Then do it;
  2. fix any caused damage;
  3. make it sure nothing is missing, if so, replace it;
  4. take new pics of the apartment to have a proof of the condition you left it;
  5. if in your tenancy contract is stated that you should professionally clean the apartment, then keep the invoices of the service.

What is the Amount for a Security Deposit?

and where to put it?

The amount of the deposit is subject to the legal interests that the landlord should pay it to the tenant at the end of the renting period.

As a matter of fact, the deposit should be put inside a bank account. The deposit is to cover any damages or any missing thing.

The landlord can instead ask to do a «Fideiussione» (a bank guarantee or insurance guarantee) for the deposit: this kind of guarantee has a cost for the tenant, which is of course given back when the contract expires, and it gives the landlord the possibility to keep the deposit not only for damaged/missing items but also in the case the student decides to leave before the expiration date.