What are the costs of a tenant?

March 18, 2021

From Inmobiliaria Espígul, we have all the resources to guide you and get the best rental option, whether you are a landlord and you have a flat to rent or if you are looking for a flat to rent in Girona or surroundings.

In today’s post we make a mini guide with all the expenses that correspond to the landlord and the expenses that correspond to the tenant, so that there is no doubt when it comes to renting the property.

Make a good contract to serve as a reference

The first and most important thing is to draw up a rental contract. Normally the contracts are under the provisions of the law of urban leases (LAU) but even so, sometimes it is not always clear what expenses correspond to each one. 

Before signing the contract, it is important to read well what is included in the rental fee and what expenses are to be paid by the landlord and the tenant: what is written in the contract is what really counts. 

Having a clear and well-defined contract will avoid doubts and possible problems or conflicts that may arise in relation to the costs of the property. 

Expenses to be borne by the owner

> The homeowner’s association fee. According to the OCU, the owner of the property must pay the homeowner’s association fee. It will also be his responsibility to attend the meetings that are called (or also to authorise someone else, such as the tenant, to attend).

> The property tax (IBI). The cost of this tax is paid by the owner of the property.

> Breakdowns and repairs. According to the law on urban leases, the owner of the property is responsible for making the necessary repairs to keep the property in good condition so that it can be rented. In this point, reference is made in particular to those breakdowns that are caused by the usual wear and tear of the property. In general, repairs to electrical appliances or installations in excess of 150 euros will be covered.

> Other expenses such as: the insurance of the house, the registration of the water, electricity and gas supplies, and the maintenance insurance of the boiler or other installations.

Expenses to be borne by the tenant

> Household maintenance expenses. The tenant will be responsible for small repairs or breakdowns of less than 150 euros.

> Defects. The tenant will also be responsible for covering the costs of the elements that have been broken or damaged.

> Regular maintenance. The tenant will be responsible for the usual maintenance costs in a home and is obliged to leave the property in the same condition as it was when the rental contract began.

> Main expenses such as: the monthly rent agreed in the contract, the cost of utilities such as water, electricity, gas, internet, etc.

> Works that are not necessary and the tenant wants to carry out. Always with the prior consent of the owner.

Other recommendations

Taking out good home insurance can save you a lot of headaches. Homeowner’s insurance covers any damage that may be caused to the structure of the flat, while tenants, if they wish, can insure the contents of the property.

In Inmobiliaria Espígul we have more than 30 years of experience in the management of rental properties. If you want to find a flat to rent according to your needs in Girona or the surrounding area, or if you own a flat and want to rent it, you can contact us at hola@espigul.com or call us on 972 220 110.

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