Spanish Rental Contract Check

We offer a Spanish rental contract check service to non-Spanish speakers. If you’ve found a flat or house to rent in Barcelona (or elsewhere in Spain), we offer a summary of rental contracts in English. This gives you peace of mind when signing your new contract, because you fully understand what you’re agreeing to.

Spanish rental contract check

The Eixample district of Barcelona. A very popular district for expats.

Long-term contracts in Spain have a minimum term for the tenant of 6 months. However, often you have to complete 12 months to eliminate a penalty period. Therefore, it’s important to know what you’re signing.

Our Spanish rental contract check services includes:

  • Reading your contract
  • Summarising all the clauses in English
  • Pointing out any non-standard clauses
  • Giving advice on how to negotiate any changes that may be necessary
  • We will also speak to the owner or agency involved to negotiate any changes on your behalf.

Spanish rental contracts can be ambiguous, particularly about the minimum term requirement for the tenant during which a penalty can be applied. As well as exactly how much those penalty charges are if the minimum term is not fulfilled. One of the most common amendments that we ask for on behalf of our clients is a change to clarify this clause.

Cadastral registration check

We include a check on the cadastral registration number and listing for the rental property. This is important to show that the property is registered as a residence with the local authorities. Without a cadastral registration of a rental property, it’s not possible to register at the local town hall (empadronamiento), which is a legal requirement. Moreover, you would be unable to register with a doctor within the Spanish national health service. The empadronamiento is also required for visa applications and for your residency in Spain.

Barcelona rental price control check

Another check we run as part of our rental contract service is to look at how the rental price of the property has been calculated. In Barcelona there are rental price controls, and rents must be calculated using an index. The price is based on the size of the flat, its location, its general condition, year of construction, and several other factors such as whether the property is furnished, has air conditioning, etc.

The Spanish government has stated that rental prices in other regions of the country will be implemented in 2021.

Our Spanish rental contract checking service is part of our Barcelona property finding service. However, we also offer the contract checking service as a stand alone service, as it’s such an important aspect of renting in Spain.

If you’d like more details of this service, and a quote, please get in touch via our Contact Page.

We are not lawyers, but have experience of translating and negotiating rental contracts in Barcelona for over 10 years. Moreover, we consult our own property lawyer if need be.