Renting in Italy: Everything you Need to Know
Renting an apartment in a new city can be a scary process, never mind in a new country! When you're moving to Italy, finding a place to live should be one of your first priorities. The practices of renting in Italy might not be quite the same as what you're used to, so this article is designed to help you through the potentially stressful process of renting in a new country.
, a website with about 40 apartments for mid-to long term rentals in Milan, has gathered lots of information regarding renting in Italy and will give us an overview of the rental landscape.
Renting direct vs. through an agency
When you're looking to rent an apartment in Italy, the more affordable option is to rent directly from the owner of the property. However, situations like this are not easy to find and there are much more options for renting an apartment through an agency.
Renting through an agency in a big city in Italy usually requires that you pay the first month's rent, the equivalent of 2 month's rent as your security deposit, and the same amount again for the agent's commission fee. When renting directly from the owner, you usually still have to pay your first month's rent and deposit, but you will save some money on the commission.
Rental Milan apartments for students offers "all inclusive" prices, making easier and less stressful the booking procedure and your stay.
Types of rental agreements
There are three main types of rental agreements in Italy, and here's brief explanation of each of them. The first two types are referred to as primary contracts.
3 + 2
A contract lasting three years with the option to renew for another two years once that period ends.
4 + 4
A rental contract that lasts four years with the option to renew the agreement for another four years once the initial period ends.
This kind of contract will be better suited to people moving to Italy to work or study for a shorter period of time. Transitory contracts are shorter rental agreements lasting anywhere between 1 – 18 months. These types of contracts are not usually renewable after the agreed upon period.
Rental Milan offers students 3-12 months contracts.
You should choose your contract type based on how long you are planning to stay in Italy for and how confident you are with the area you have chosen. If you get one year into a 4+4 contract and decide that you don't like the area or that it's too far away from work, then it can be difficult to get out of the contract early.
If you do wish to terminate your contract early, then 6 months' notice must be given along with valid reasons for doing so.
Furnished vs. unfurnished
If you're moving to Italy from another country, especially if it's for a relatively short period, then it will be much more convenient for you to find a furnished apartment to rent. This will mean you don't have to ship furniture over with you or look for new furniture to buy when you arrive in the country. If you want a furnished apartment, then look out for the Italian term for furnished, "arredato," in the listing information.
If you would prefer to bring your own furniture or furnish your new home from scratch, then you should be aware that most unfurnished apartments in Italy, or "non-arredato," come 100% bare. This means you won't even have kitchen appliances such as an oven or washing machine. At best, there will probably be a toilet and sinks in your apartment. You may even have to install your own flooring. Bear this in mind when deciding whether you have the time and money to spend on an unfurnished apartment in Italy.
However, furnished apartments will not necessarily come with the nicest or best quality furniture. Italian landlords tend to avoid spending too much money on furnishings for their rental apartments as they are extremely wary of their tenants causing damage to the apartment and its furnishings.
Rental Milan apartments are modern furnished and fully equipped.
Moving to Italy is an exciting journey, and you want to make sure that the place you call home in this new country is right for you. So, take the time and do thorough research into the new apartment you'll be renting in Milan.