There are no rules on setting rent (Renda) prices. Rent and the frequency of payments are agreed upon by the owner and the tenant in their rental contract in each case. If nothing is specified in the contract with regard to the frequency of payments, it is understood that rent is to be paid in the first 7 days of every month, in cash and at the tenant’s home.

If the owner employs an estate manager to act on their behalf, rent is normally paid at the estate manager’s premises or by direct debit (Domiciliació bancària).

The owner or their representative must provide a receipt (Rebut) in exchange for payment. If payment is made by direct debit, the record of payment issued by the bank serves as a receipt for rent.

The following information must appear on receipts:

  • The details of the lessor, the tenant and the property.

  • The date.

  • All the individual charges and the corresponding sums covered by the total amount paid.

Rent prices increase each year on the basis of the retail price index (Índex de Preus al Consum, IPC) established by the Spanish government. When the lessor intends to increase the rent payable, they must notify the tenant in writing or through the monthly rent receipt. The tenant must pay the new amount as of the following month.

Other expenses to be paid by tenants
(Altres despeses a càrrec del llogater)

General or association expenses (Despeses de la comunitat) are those that are jointly generated by all the homes and business premises in a building, such as cleaning staircases, maintaining the entrance hall, electricity for staircases, municipal taxes for the collection of rubbish, property tax (Impost de Béns Immobles, IBI), etc.

If a rental contract does not specify that the tenant is to pay such expenses, the lessor must pay them. The following requisites must be met if the tenant is to pay association expenses:

a) It must be expressly agreed in writing in the rental contract that the tenant is to pay such expenses.
b) The annual amount corresponding to such expenses must be stated in the contract.

If those requisites are not met, the lessor may not charge the tenant for association expenses.