When furnished, furniture is most likely obsolete and requires maintenance. There is also a lot of bureaucracy and high entry fees, which include between 3-6 months of deposits and/or a bank guarantee, supplemented by a 3-6 month cancellation policy. Then there is the responsibility for maintenance, which can be a grey area in any country, but Italy is no exception and special attention is needed to clarify responsibilities before the signing of the “treaty”. Failure to comply with the legal requirements of these short-term rental agreements can expose the landlord (and sometimes the tenant) to unpleasant consequences. The contract could be challenged as illegal if “tourism objectives” were simply simulated and the lease could be automatically transformed into a normal market economy lease, in the event that the lessor was bound by a long-term contract. . . .

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