By In Italian law, Italian Property, Italian Real Estate, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Property law, Real Estate Law

Italian flat tax (cedolare secca) on rental incomes from Italian properties

In Italy, homeowners are expected to pay tax on any payment they receive from long or short term rental of their Italian properties.

Generally speaking, the Italian law requires that tax from rental income is paid by all the co-owners of the property on a pro quota basis, no matter who actually signed the rental contract or if the rent is paid in favour of only one of the co-owners.

Italian flat tax (cedolare secca)

However, as per recent case law, depending on the specific case scenario, different regulations might apply. Please get in touch for a preliminary consultation on rental income tax issues.

With respect to rental income tax in Italy, homeowners who act as individuals and are not professional landlords, have two options:


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By In Italian law, Italian Property, Italian Real Estate, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Property law, Real Estate Law

What is the holding account (deposito prezzo)?

Deposito prezzo is the term used for a specific bonded holding account for the balance of payment related to the purchase of an Italian property.

Deposito prezzo protects against the risk of legal claims or encumbrances that may arise between the signing and registration of the deed of sale at the land registry (catasto).

deposito prezzo

Once you have signed a deed of sale, it is sent to the land registry, where an official stamp is placed on the deed of sale. The registered deed of sale is returned to the notary you used to authenticate the transaction.

It generally takes two to three weeks to obtain the registered deed of sale and thereafter, you can obtain a copy from your notary.


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By In Inheritance, Inheritance Law, Italian law, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary

What is a Will for?

A Last Will and testament is absolutely necessary to avoid causing conflicts among your heirs, especially if you are a foreign citizen who owns goods and property in Italy. Not only can a Will allow you to assign your inheritance to the appropriate beneficiary, but it could also be useful to prevent problems for your heirs, and it could even enable you a tax saving. Let’s see more specifically each case.

Those who are married or in a registered partnership and without children


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By In Italian law, Italian tax code (codice fiscale), Law, Law Firms in Italy

How to obtain an Italian tax code (codice fiscale)

Applying for Italian tax code (in Italian: codice fiscale) seems a simple task, but there are some hidden pitfalls to be aware of. Check them out in the article below.

Table of Content

What is and When an Italian tax code (codice fiscale) is needed:

What do the tax code figures mean.

Where and how to apply for the tax code in Italy.

What document/information is required to apply for the Italian tax code:

Common mistakes when applying for the Italian tax code.

  • a.      Wrong date of birth format:
  • b.      Wrong name.
  • c.      Maiden names: 2

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By In Italian law, Italian Real Estate, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Off-Plan Property, Property law, Real Estate Law

Italian real estate agents lack legal skills

Make sure to read this, prior to signing any property purchase offer in Italy

You’ve seen it: the Italian property you’ve always dreamt about.

Now you have a pen in your hand and the property purchase proposal in front of you, ready to be signed.

Take your time before putting pen to paper, no matter who drafted that proposal for you.

Italian real estate agents lack legal skills

You deserve a little hesitation, especially if you are going to sign a boilerplate template provided by a Real Estate Agent and not by your own legal advisor, or if there is anything whatsoever that you feel is unclear to you.

If the proposal has been provided by Real Estate Agents, I am sure they told you that it’s a standard proposal, drafted as per common general terms and in compliance with the Italian civil code; and that the standard template itself has been approved by the Chamber of Commerce.


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By In Inheritance Law, Italian Property, Italian Real Estate, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Off-Plan Property

Differences between Italian Notaries’ legal advice and independent lawyer’s legal advice when buying a property in Italy

Property transaction where one of the parties is not an Italian individual, cannot be considered as a normal scenario. The involved professionals are not always experienced to deal with these cases.

Fact: In Italy you cannot buy a property without the assistance of an Italian Notary Public.

Italian Notaries

By law, a Notary Public must remain impartial during the property transaction. A Notary can also provide legal advice if requested but must maintain impartiality when providing parties with legal advice . Read this article for further information about Italian Notary Public role.

There is no legal obligation to engage the services of an independent lawyer for property purchases in Italy. And, normally Italian individuals do not hire an independent lawyer for property transactions between themselves.


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Elective Residency Visa – Requirements

elective residence visa

An Elective Residency Visa (ERV) is specially intended for foreign nationals wishing to permanently reside in Italy and who are in the position to support themselves financially without working in Italy.


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By In Inheritance, Inheritance Law, Italian law, Italian Property, Italian Real Estate, Italian Will, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Off-Plan Property, Property law, Real Estate Law

An Italian Notary Public’s Escrow Account Is The Safest Way To Manage Property Purchase Payments in Italy

Escrow account

In Italy only an Italian Notary Public’s escrow account benefits from full and complete legal protection against possible creditors.

There are two main payments you are expected to make when buying a property in Italy,or that you will receive, if you are selling an Italian property; the deposit and the balance.

The deposit is usually paid upon purchase offer acceptance and it is aimed at confirming the parties’ intention to proceed with the purchase-sale contract. The balance is customarily paid upon closing, unless otherwise agreed.


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An Italian Bequest – Case Study

“Going through the process without the help of experienced professionals is risky”

Beth Watson was living in Boston in 2015 when, out of the blue, she received an email informing her that she had been named as the sole heir in an Italian Will.

Beth recognised the name of the executor who had sent her the email, and sadly she recognised the name of her Swiss uncle with whom she had spent so many happy holidays. Her uncle had died, leaving Beth an estate in the southern Italian region of Molise, complete with olive trees, forests, farmland and habitable buildings.

An Italian bequest: Olive trees

Beth was stunned to be named as her uncle’s heir. She also soon realised that this wonderful bequest came with real challenges. Like other Americans who inherit property in Italy, she would have to navigate the Italian legal system, in another language and file a great deal of paperwork. She started out believing the process would be straightforward, but soon concluded she had to find trustworthy professional help. Amongst other things, there were expenses to be paid and accounts to be transferred. Paperwork and bureaucracy which were not easy to handle from Boston.


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The Right of Representation in Italian Inheritance Law

What does it mean to take by representation?

What is the principle of representation?

According to Italian law, when an inheritance is left, either fully or partly, to a deceased’s child or sibling who has died before the testator, the descendants of the beneficiary  succeed to the inheritance, pursuant to the “right of representation” (articles 467 and 468 of the Italian Civil Code).

Right of Representation

The same applies if a decedent’s child or sibling is unwilling to accept an inheritance to which he/she would be entitled, or if he/she is declared unworthy to inherit (art. 463 of the Italian Civil Code).

The person nominated to inherit is called the, “represented”, while his/her descendant who through the represented’s death becomes raised to the place and the degree of the person represented is known as the, “representative”.


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