Signing the Lease

Signing the Lease

Before you will sign the lease it is very important to clarify:

• the period of the lease;
• at what time the lease can be renewed;
• the amount of the deposit and what are the conditions of the refund;
• which services are included  in your contract;
• whether the landlord can increase the rent after the initial rental period is over;
• who else is going to have keys to this property; 

It may also be useful to confirm whether you are allowed to sublet, whether you can make superficial changes, to keep pets or to smoke in this apartment and whether parking available.

The renter may insist to sign a formal lease agreement in English and set the agreement and the renter's rights. In the contract should be included all concessions made to the renter or repairs promised, with an appendix stating the current condition of the property, furniture, and fittings. The landlord should confirm and write any additions to the contract as well as the termination of the contract itself.

Termination of the Lease

Only the tenant has rights to terminate the contract. The period of the notification should be specified in the contract - normally one or two month’s notice is required. If the renter must leave before the expiration of the contract, they should find another tenant or pay the full rent for the period when the flat remains un-rented. If the landlord rejects three potential tenants presented by the departing renter, the renter has all the rights to terminate and leave within the standard notice period.