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Rent-Free Property Agreement: an Overview

According to Italian law, a rent-free property agreement is applicable where a party lends an item they own to a borrower in order that the borrower may use the item for a given period of time or for a specific reason. The borrower then has the obligation to return the item to the lender at the end of the agreed period of use. As its name implies, a rent-free agreement is entered into for purposes other than financial gain. rent-free property agreement

The most common examples of rent-free property agreement pertain to a parent allowing a child to live rent-free in a property.

Interestingly, according to the Italian law, a rent-free property agreement is not restricted to housing. All sorts of items can be loaned rent-free to a third party. This might be a car or gardening equipment. In general, it is not necessary for the agreement between the parties to be in writing, an oral agreement is considered legally valid.

However, as far as homes or properties are concerned, a rent-free property agreement must be registered with the local Agenzia delle Entrate.

Once a rent-free tenancy agreement is registered, the 2016 Law of Stability has introduced a novelty with regarding tax: it is possible to benefit from a 50% discount on IMU and TASI so long as the following conditions are met:

  • The property must be considered as the main residence of the occupier benefitting from the rent-free agreement.
  • There must be first degree kinship relationship between the parties of the contract (typically parents and children)
  • The property owner must own only one other house
  • The two properties in question must be located in the same Municipality

For more information on rent-free agreements, please feel free to contact us.

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Unclaimed Italian Properties: Overview

What does ‘Unclaimed Italian Properties’ mean? Between 1861 and 1985 over 29 million Italians emigrated to other countries. About 18 million permanently settled abroad, predominantly in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Argentina. In 2011, there were 4,115,235 Italian citizens living outside Italy and several tens of millions of descendants of Italians, who emigrated in the last two centuries.Unclaimed Italian Properties

When Italian emigrants went abroad, they often left property and land in Italy. It is a myth that this property was confiscated by the Italian State. The reality is that the property is still here in Italy, unclaimed, and the original owners, deceased many years ago, are still on the title deeds. There are many thousands of these properties and parcels of land across Italy and in many cases the descendants of emigrants living outside Italy could still claim them. Over the years, I have been contacted for help and advice by many descendants of Italian emigrants who want to find their ancestors’ property in Italy. In some cases, people come to me after spending considerable time, and substantial amounts of money. (more…)

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Prevention Is Better Than Cure… Seek Legal Experts

Prevention is always better than cure, therefore, always seek legal experts.

You’ve seen a few Italian properties online that you really like the look of. You want to book flights to Italy, organise rental car and accommodation to see the properties for yourself. But how do you know if the properties you’ve set your heart on seeing are legally safe and structurally sound? Before being advertised with a real estate agent, was a survey conducted? Have the legalities been checked?

Be sure to seek legal experts, before purchasing a property.

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We can provide an independent and professional pre-purchase property background check service. That way, you can avoid problems such as buying a property with shared title deeds, other legal and financial complications, structural or planning permission issues. Knowing exactly where you stand before you view properties, you increase your chance of finding the right property first time and avoiding wasted trips and the expense of repeat visits and false starts.

We also provide a pre-sales property background check service for owners preparing to put Italian property on the real estate market. Having all the legal and structural details as part of your property sales package offers vendors a competitive advantage when promoting property for sale.

Please contact us if you would like assistance.

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Our independent professional legal and structural advice will save you time and money before you buy or sell a property in Italy.

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Certificate of Habitability

Title Deeds / Legal Ownership

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Land Registry

Planning Permission

Structural Survey

Geological Survey

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First-time property purchases and Force Majeure

Frequently, property buyers in Italy decide to take advantage of tax reductions available for first-time property purchases, namely a registration tax of 2%, aFirst-time property purchases fixed cadastral tax of €50 and a fixed mortgage tax of €50. To benefit from fiscal reductions, purchasers must transfer their residence to the Municipality in which the property is located, within 18 months of signing the deed of sale. Missing the transfer deadline entails the loss of tax benefits and heavy fines unless there is an extraordinary event or circumstance that constitutes a force majeure. Examples of a force majeure event might be an earthquake, seaquake, flood, landslide. In general, any event deemed to be beyond man’s control, which renders the property uninhabitable. (more…)

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The right to back out if there is no certificate of habitability

The right to back out of signing the final deed of sale if there is no certificate of habitability

Last November the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation ruled that buyers can refuse to enter into the final deed of sale if the residential property they have promised to buy has no certificate of habitability (Court of Cassation., section II, 26th November 2015-8th February 2016, n. 2438).agibilità

The Certificate of Habitability certifies the suitability of a residential property as being fit for human habitation. It is issued by the competent municipal offices following verification that the building and its systems comply with health, safety and structural regulations. According to law, prior to issuing the certificate of habitability, the competent authorities should also verify that the building complies with planning permission.

Following purchase of a property in Italy, owners will need the certificate of habitability to get utilities and municipal services for their property. (more…)

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Italian Real Estate Leaseback Scheme

Italian Real Estate Leaseback Scheme: buying a house in instalments

The 2016 Stability Law introduces a new real estate leaseback contract, which allows the purchase of a property without resorting to a mortgage.real estate leaseback

The real estate leaseback scheme is a financial product for those whose annual income does not exceed 55,000 Euro and are in a position to take advantage of first home benefits, in other words, people who do not already own another property.

The contract can only be entered into by individuals and banks or leasing companies. The bank or leasing company commits to buy, or to build, a property on behalf of a client, who then becomes the property lessee. The property is therefore owned by the lender, while the lessee has the right to use the property upon payment of an initial instalment and a monthly rent thereafter. (more…)

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Italian Property Buying Process

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At What Stage of the Buying Process Should You Contact a Property Lawyer in Italy?

People planning to buy an Italian property frequently ask me at what point of the buying process they should involve a lawyer.

On the one hand, people worry that if they contact a lawyer too soon, they will end up wasting their time or incur unnecessary additional costs when they might not actually proceed with a property purchase immediately. (more…)

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Buying properties in Italy is a major decision

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Buying properties in Italy is a major decision. Proceed with caution. Do your research. Always get independent advice.

Continued slow economic growth in Italy is helping to keep property prices low and therefore attractive for those looking to invest. Interest rates show no sign of substantially increasing in 2016 either in The UK or in the Eurozone. 2016 is therefore looking to be another year when many Britons will purchase an Italian property.

Each year, I am engaged by clients whose Italian property purchase started out as an impulse decision, driven more by emotional than rational considerations. Unfortunately, at some point during the purchase, the dream has turned in to a nightmare. All sorts of additional costs are incurred; costs which could have been completely avoided if legal advice had been sought prior to purchase. (more…)

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2016 Stability Law – Flat-Rate Tax Scheme

The2016 Stability Law flat-rate tax scheme, first introduced in to the Italian tax system by Stability Law 2015, has been modified and made more practical in the 2016 Stability Law.

The government’s objectives for introducing the flat-rate tax scheme are to boost employment, steer Italy’s economic recovery in a positive direction, reduce undeclared taxable income and employment irregularities. (more…)

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