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The Spanish government has approved an aid package of measures focusing on helping struggling rental tenants in the country. According to calculations made by the government, some 500,000 tenants could be affected by the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Spanish government has launched a series of measuress to "save" rental tenants who, due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, cannot afford to pay rent. Some rental companies have already begun to apply rent arrears and even waivers for their tenants.
When signing a rental contract in Spain we have to make sure to pay attention because without realising we may sign clauses that, according to the Urban Leasing Law in force, are illegal and therefore null and void.
While most people may think this is rather straightforward, the fact is that if you do it wrong, you may find your tenant deposit not returned by your landlord; or even worse, an unwanted extension to your lease agreement!
For many this topic may seem rather pointless or futile; but the fact of the matter is that if you fail to cancel a lease agreement properly in Spain, it may have serious legal (and financial) repercussions for the tenant.
Spain has recently amended its rental laws in March 2019, in most cases to the detriment of landlords, creating serious legal obligations that landlords should be acutely aware of. One of the issues that is important to understand is what happens to a long-term lease when it is over.
These changes affect long-term rentals mostly.
If the landlord is a natural person: 5 years mandatory renewal period on long-term rentals (plus 3 years silent renewal). Before it was three years plus one.
If the landlord is a legal person:
A big part of feeling comfortable and at ease when you move to a different country is having your pet with you. However, each country has its own laws and restrictions for animals living in buildings, and Spain is no different.