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Rental property

Renting an apartment in Lisbon can be quite a challenge, especially for foreigners who do not speak Portuguese.

To rent a property in Portugal you should follow these steps:

​1. Search for a property: Research the real estate market in Portugal and find a suitable property to rent. You can contact real estate agencies, use online platforms or refer to local listings.

2. Determine your rental terms: Decide on your requirements, including the length of your lease, amount of rent, payment terms, security deposit requirements, and other details. Make sure the rental terms meet your needs and capabilities.

3. Contact the owner or agent: Contact the owner or rental agent and express your interest in renting a specific property. Discuss the rental terms, ask questions, and ask for more information about the property.

4. View the property: Arrange to view the property to assess its condition, suit your needs and requirements.

5. Signing a rental agreement: Once you have decided to rent the property, the owner or agency will provide you with a rental agreement. Read the agreement carefully, making sure it reflects all the terms and requirements, and ask questions if anything is unclear. If necessary, contact a lawyer for advice and legal review of the agreement.

6. Payment of the deposit and signing the agreement: After carefully reviewing the agreement and settling all the details, you will be required to pay the deposit as stated in the agreement and sign the lease. Notarization of the agreement is usually required.

7. Registering the contract: In some cases, you must register the lease with the local tax authorities (Finanças).

8. Payment of rent: According to the rental agreement, you will need to pay rent according to the conditions set forth. Normally, the rent is paid monthly and must be paid on time.

9. Maintenance and payment records: Check with the property owner to see who is responsible for paying utilities (electricity, water, gas, etc.) and what costs are included in the rent. Make sure you keep a record of all payments and keep receipts and proof of payment.

10. Compliance with rules and obligations: During your tenancy, you must abide by the rules and obligations set forth in your lease, including the property's rules of use, cleanliness and orderly conditions, and other requirements set forth by the landlord.

11. End of tenancy: If you decide to leave a rental property, notify the owner or agent in advance, and comply with the notice and deposit return provisions of the contract.

It is important to keep in mind that the rental process may vary depending on the property owner, agency, and local rules and regulations. It is advisable to seek professional help, especially when signing the lease and verifying its legality and legal soundness.

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