Finding a nice place to stay at can be difficult especially if you are a foreigner living abroad. In Italy, particularly in its city centers, renting a house can be twice as hard. But worry no more. This article will give you a guide to house rentals in Italy, the land of Pisa and pasta.
- Have all the required documents ready. For non-residents of the European Union, a passport and possibly a visa are required to guarantee your entrance to Italy. Ask the Italian embassy at your home country as well for any additional documents you might need. Have all the documents prepared to ensure a hassle-free trip.
- Search online. Various websites have rental postings online and it would be nice to check them out to give you an overview about house rentals in Italy. For a long-term stay, you can visit homes in italy, just landed and italy weekly rentals.. For a short-term stay and for houses near the tourist areas and the beaches, you can visit rent holiday homes, summer in italy, and homelidays.
- Go online and search for local tourism sites. Browse through Italy’s tourism websites like italian tourism and italian tourist board and check for their recommended accommodations. You can also learn more about Italy’s laws, culture, tourist spots, tradition, and local customs as well.
- Pick a suitable location. It is best to choose a house that is near the places you will frequent and near the major public transportation systems. This way, you can cut off the transportation costs.
- Choose a house that fits your budget. The cost of house rentals varies considerably according to the size of the house (number of bedrooms and toilets), the utilities included and its location. The range is from 300 to 2000 euros depending on the quality of the property. As a rule, choose a house that costs within 30 percent of your monthly income.
- Beware of unfurnished houses. Unfurnished houses are completely empty – in some cases, even light switches, kitchen sinks and toilet bowls are not included. As a rule, rent a fully-furnished house if you are staying for one year or less. For longer than one year stay, you will have to choose an unfurnished house, as long-term rent of furnished houses is rare in Italy.
- Seek help from a real estate agent. While you can do all the nitty-gritty of renting a house in Italy yourself, it is still best to seek help from a real estate agent, as they know where to get the best deals.
- Ask what are included your monthly rental bill. Beware of places that rent houses for a cheap amount but charge high for utilities like water and electricity.
- Do an ocular. Ensure that the place you will be renting meets your standards. Check for damages and inform the landowner about it. This way, you will be free of responsibilities for all damages that were present before your stay.
- Sign all paperwork and get insurance. Have all negotiations and agreement in writing for your own protection. Keep the rent contract and other documents on a safe place. Also get insurance as required by the Italian law.
Viola, you now have a place to live in Italy. Make sure to visit its top tourist destinations like St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine chapel and the leaning tower of Pisa. Stuff yourself also with thousands of pasta varieties you can only find in Italy.