Renting a Home
In Italy, there are two different types of leases. A free-market contract (contratto a libero mercato or Mietvertrag mit freiem Mietzins) leaves it up to the tenant and landlord to agree upon the rental price. This type of agreement has a term of four years and is renewable for another four years. The other type is a convention contract (contratto convenzionato or begünstigter Mietvertrag), which has pre-determined conditions set down; minimum and maximum limits for rent in particular are specified for each municipality. In South Tyrol’s municipalities that have a housing shortage (Bolzano, Merano, Laives, Appiano, Lana and Algund), the landlord receives tax advantages in return. The convention contract has a minimum duration of three years, which is automatically renewed for two additional years if the landlord does not terminate the contract when it first expires. The notice period in a contract is typically 6 months.
In either case, a rental agreement must be in writing and reported to the appropriate registry office within 30 days. There is a registration fee in the amount of 2% of the annual rent.