When it comes to letting out your Italian property it is important to know that each Italian region has its own regulations and requirements. You should be fully informed of the situation in your locality.
According to the location of your property and the amount of units you regularly rent out, you will be classed as a commercial or non-commercial landlord. These both have different obligations and it is wise to seek for legal advice to ensure you fully comply. When you have decided to let your Italian property you should check with your local tourism office.
Here are the main differences between these classifications of the landlord.
- Non-commercial landlord. In this case you are obliged to inform the local council of the precise location of the premises for rent, which can be done through a form provided by the Regional Assessorate of Tourism. You must provide the number of bedrooms, beds and bathrooms. If you have decided to quit letting your house and keep property for the use of friends and relatives, you will still need to inform the council of non-Italian visitors within 48 hours of their arrival.
- Commercial landlord. In this case you will be obliged to fulfill several requirements such as cleaning between each rental, fresh linen at each changeover and whenever requested by guest, maintenance, repair or replacement of defective fittings and furniture. Each of your units will be given points and graded on a scale of one to four according to its facilities. This grade must be clearly displayed for guests to see. In order to obtain certification, you will have to provide several documents confirming your ownership, a professionally drafted ground plan of the units showing each room, deeds of the availability of the accommodation and others.