Rental holiday apartments are increasingly demanded as a cheaper alternative hotels. They are favoured for being more comfortable, especially if they spend their holidays with your family.
1. Make sure that the house is in line with what was promised
The best thing to do is to visit the apartment you want to rent beforehand, but if this is not possible, ask the owner for a photographic dossier showing the main rooms, accesses, and views, as well as the endowments or services, such as swimming pool, garden, etc. The photos will show you the state of conservation of the furniture and appliances.
2. Negotiate the price and conditions
If you reach an agreement regarding price and conditions, you should always sign a contract but before signing it, read it, review it carefully and pay attention to concepts such as the sign, the deposit, the inventory of appliances, etc.
3.Use a signal to guarantee your reservation
It is standard procedure for the owner to ask for a signal to guarantee the reservation of the apartment on the agreed dates, a signal that will be deducted from the total to be paid. You can also negotiate the possibility of canceling the reservation without expenses within a certain period of time in case the reservation has been made in advance. Otherwise, the most normal thing is that the owner in case of cancellation at the last minute is left with the signal as compensation. It also asks for a proof of payment and verifies that the person benefiting from the transfer or who receives the payment is also the one that appears in the contract as owner.
4. Ask for the deposit details
If the owner of the house requires a deposit, ask that the terms and conditions are clearly described in the contract.
5. Check the contract and inventory before signing it
Upon checking the house, verify that what is indicated in the inventory is what is actually in the house and check the status of that inventory. Let the owner know about any discrepancies. Once agreed, the tenant will pay what was agreed for the rent minus the sign and the landlord will give the keys to the apartment.
6. Document evidence in case of problems
In addition to the contract, keep the emails sent and received, the promotional brochures of the real estate agent if applicable, the photographs sent by the owner or made by you, bus tickets or taxis (to show that the apartment was not in the indicated place). If the landlord is the owner of the house and you cannot resolve your issues, you will have to file a claim in court in the town where the house is located. But if the landlord is a real estate agency, check properly who is working on their holiday house management and their reviews and find a way to solve the problems.
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