AVOID TAKING ANY RISK
WHEN SELECTING AN ACCOMMODATION
HOW TO AVOID RENTAL SCAM
We always recommend dealing with the owner or owning company directly. If you do not know them personally and they ask for money, you should request an identification of the contact person (identity card or passport) and a copy of a bill related to the property to be rented, such as an electricity or water bill.
Remember to keep copies of all emails and text/WhatsApp messages as back up in case things go wrong.
When you decide to go ahead and rent an accommodation, make sure you sign a legal contract according to the corresponding Spanish law, i.e. Código Civil [section 1554] or Ley de Arrendamientos Urbanos (L.A.U.) as it is no holiday rental. As a minimum the contract should include:
• Names and identity card (DNI)/passport number of both parties
• Monthly price of rental
• Exact dates of rental
• Full street address of the rental apartment
• Information on costs of utilities like water and electricity consumption
• Amount of any deposit as well as the conditions to get it back (deductions/set offs in case of breach of contract, damages, costs for utilities etc.)
And don’t forget, if an offer seems too good to be true it probably is.