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Guide of Documents and Obligations when Renting Out an Apartment

Written by Anna

We know that being a landlord is not the same as being a tenant, but what documents do you need to rent out an apartment? The obligations are totally different. This article from ShBarcelona is therefore for property owners, and in particular for those who want to rent out their apartment.

Whether you want to be the owner of your first studio or you are looking for an investment, these are all good reasons to become a property owner.

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This trend has been confirmed in recent years in view of the exponential increase in the numbers of an apartment for rent by owner in BarcelonaIt is true that investing in real estate can give you a good and solid return on investment.  

If you have decided to take the plunge, this article is for you. Below we offer you all the information about documents you will need and obligations you should take into account when putting an apartment up for rent in Barcelona.

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What documents do you need to rent out an apartment?

As with any procedure, certain bureaucratic steps are essential, and added to this is a series of documents to be provided in order to put an apartment up for rent. If you want to know the terms and procedures, we explain them below.

📌 All procedures are governed by the LAU (law on urban leases),which regulates the property rental sector in Barcelona.

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1. Certificate of habitability

This mandatory document is used to prove that your home meets all the necessary conditions to be inhabited legally. It shall be managed by the competent entity of each autonomous community.

In the case of Barcelona, the Generalitat of Catalonia will be responsible for issuing this document. In this sense, it should be noted that there will be specific deadlines and procedures for each region.

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2. Energy efficiency certificate

Since 2013, all housing must have this certificate. Failure to do so could result in a penalty. It is a label that specifies the amount of CO2 your property emits into the atmosphere.

3. Finding the right tenant

The time has come to decide who will come to live in your apartment. We recommend that you make an analysis of potential customers and calmly make the decision, valuing each of the received profiles.

📌 ShBarcelona carries out an exhaustive analysis of the qualitative profiles of potential tenants guaranteeing 0 defaults.

4. The lease

This is ultimately the most important document of all. We recommend a simple legal text that can be read and understood by every party involved in the rental process.
It will have to be adjusted in accordance with the LAU, and it should reflect on the rights and obligations of both parties.
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5. Expenses

You should consider changing billing names on invoices of electricity, water and gas accounts, in the event that your property is rented out for the long term. Taking care of this procedure can allow you to rent out your property faster.
In the case of a seasonal rental, in other words, only for a few months, no changes are required. The tenant will pay for used utilities at the end of his contract and after all invoices and meter readings have been compared and added up. The amount will then be settled with the deposit.
📌 By handing over the rental management to ShBarcelona, you will be free from all these procedures. Key Account Managers take care of everything to make life easier for the owner and to ensure the best service.


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Are you ready to put your apartment up for rent? As you can see the procedures for renting out a property are simple, but you need to know all the ins and outs of the sector, so a rental checklist comes in handy for sure.

The best you can do is rely on a real estate expert, who will help you optimize your property and who knows how to rent out an apartment, guaranteeing a stable income and rental contracts without any glitches.

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