How to rent a property in Spain
LPG SPAIN updates their website daily. In this way and under normal circumstances, rental properties shown on our website are currently available. The following conditions are of a general manner. When sending an enquiry from any property rental listing (using the contact form on each property description) on our website, please note that it will be sent direct to the estate agent concerned or private owner, who will advise of its availability and their precise terms and conditions.
Please also remember that despite the fact that there are many English-run estate agents in Spain, most estate agents are naturally Spanish and may not have English speaking staff. Please be patient when sending emails to agents. If you don’t receive a reply, you can also call them using the telephone numbers on each individual property listing on our website. You can also view all properties from any agent by simply clicking on their name from any property detail and you will be taken to their company profile page. Alternatively, try using Google or Bing translator and send your message in Spanish. Upon receiving their reply, just reverse the translation to read their reply.
When calling an agent, remember also that Spanish business and opening times vary from the rest of Europe. Most estate agents open between 09:30/10:00 until 14:00, and re-open at 16:00/17:00 through till 19:00/20:00.
- Long term property rentals are normally for a period of eleven months (in coastal and tourist regions). The prices on our website are priced per month and are based on this period. Please consult with the estate agent or private owner if you wish to rent for a shorter period, i.e. 5 or 6 months, perhaps in the winter. (Please see below for summer periods).
- Contracts: Whether you rent through an agent or directly from a property owner, you will need to sign a rental agreement reflecting the conditions and contract period. Rent is paid 1 month in advance plus a 1 or 2 month deposit (depending on the property owner), required as a guarantee against any possible misuse or damage, which is refundable at the end of the rental period subject to a property inspection. (Please note that in many cases the deposit is held by the property owner, not the Agent). Cost of electricity, gas and water is normally charged separately and paid for by the tenant. Private swimming pool maintenance (where applicable) is born by the tenant and individual management can be arranged for the rental period (consult with the owner directly or the agent). Community fees (if applicable) and IBI (annual council tax) are normally included in the monthly rental price and paid for by the owner.
- Furnishings: Normally, long term rental properties come furnished in Spain and are ready to move into and usually include bed linen and towels, kitchen appliances, utensils and croquery, lighting, ironing board, TV, and where applicable, terrace tables and chairs. Unfurnished accommodation is naturally available but less common. You may also request the owner remove the furniture or at least some of the items that you may already have.
- Are pets allowed?: Our agents receive many requests to have pets in a rental property – usually dogs or cats but sometimes something more exotic!. This decision rests entirely on the property owner’s permission. If you wish to bring pets please make your enquiry with direct reference to a specific property (i.e. the reference no.) and not in a general manner.
- Bookings: With regard to making a reservation, and unlike short term holiday rentals, long term rental properties can normally be rented immediately, even the same day. If you wish to visit the area in advance of the date that you wish to commence renting, we suggest only a few weeks beforehand. To the contrary, most property owners will not accept an advance booking. Again, unlike holiday lets, long term rentals are for 11 months and therefore there are no “gaps”, so to speak, to fill in. Rental contracts are supplied and signed between the property owner and the tenants, in the Spanish language, but most agents will provide a translation, normally available in most popular European languages.
- Summer Period: Please note that during the summer months many owners who have not let their property long term remove them to take advantage of the higher summer rental prices, returning their property to the long term rental market after the summer and usually at the beginning of the autumn.
- Winter Lets: Renting during the winter months is very popular in Spain, especially given the warm and mild climate to be enjoyed on the Mediterranean coastline such as the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Costa de Murcia, Costa Almeria and Costa Tropical, the Costa de la Luz on the Atlantic and of course, the Canary Islands. Winter rentals tend to kick off from October onwards through to Easter. Consider searching for these from mid to late summer.
- Monthly Rentals: These are also available particularly during the winter period. You may also search and enquire under HOLIDAY RENTALS.
- However, properties that are available in spring and early summer may sometimes be subject to an increase in price by the property owner as a result of the summer season. If this is the case, the agent or owner will advise accordingly. Tenants who wish to rent for a six month period during summer may also be subject to an increase in price per month for the same reason. When enquiring for the summer period please state how many months are required.
- Payments: Can be made in cash or with Visa / Master Card through the corresponding estate agent. Also, payment or an advance reservation can be sent by bank transfer from within Spain or abroad. Please enquire to the appropriate LPG estate agent for their bank details.
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