Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Vacation rental contract: What is it and what clauses should it contain?

Given the "boom" of the tourist apartment market, it is important to sign a vacation rental that complies with the law.

Many people hesitate to rent their houses to tourists for fear that they will damage their property. However, there are ways to protect your property and ensure that guests abide by the terms of the deal.

One of them is a vacation rental contract or a tourist home.

What is a vacation rental lease?

A vacation rental contract establishes the rights and obligations of both the host and the guest, establishing a series of clauses that guarantee that the property will be in good condition and will adhere to the established standards.

Some of the most relevant clauses relate to the length of the lease, payment, cleaning, number of guests, house rules, noise and general behaviour.

Having a vacation rental contract or tourist home is the best way to rest easy knowing that you protect your home. Guests know that, in case of non-compliance, they will be responsible for the consequences.

If you decide to rent your home to tourists, do not hesitate and try to do it safely and legally.

If you have a home and want to put it up for vacation rental, do not hesitate to contact us at and our team will help you with the entire process.

How long is considered a vacation rental?

According to current regulations, a vacation rental is a stay that does not exceed 31 days. This means that if you rent your home for less than a month, it will be considered a vacation home.

On the other hand, if the stay is longer than 31 days, it is a seasonal rental, since the property is rented for more than one month.

Is the tourist rental contract mandatory?

Vacation rental contracts are mandatory in some autonomous communities, in other communities there is no specific legislation that regulates them, so it is optional.

Although not required, it is always a good idea to have a vacation rental agreement, as it sets out the rights and responsibilities of both parties. In this way, problems or misunderstandings can be avoided in the future.

Also, don't forget that vacation rental agreements can also be used to set house rules, price, length of rental, etc.

What clauses should a vacation rental contract include?

There are many things to consider before signing a rental agreement. Among the first pieces of information to include in a vacation rental contract are:

Identification of the parties: that is, the name and contact details of the owner and the guest.

Description of the property: a brief description of the house or apartment must be included, as well as its facilities and services.

Rental duration: It is important to specify the time that guests can occupy the property.

Price: the contract must indicate the total price of the rental plus any other additional expenses (for example, the amount corresponding to the cleaning service after the stay).

Cancellation conditions: if the guest decides to cancel the rental, it is important to establish clear conditions.

Rules for the use of the property: the contract must specify the rules that the guest must follow during their stay, such as the maximum number of people that can stay in the house or the proper use of the facilities.

Responsibilities: both the owner and the guest must assume certain obligations during the rental period, such as the timely payment of the established price or the care of the property.

Signature of both parties: finally, the contract must be signed by the owner and the guest to make it valid on the side of all the pages that make up said contract.

In summary, a vacation rental contract is a document that establishes the rights and obligations of both parties to rent a property for a certain period of time. Although not required, a vacation rental agreement is recommended to protect both owners and guests.

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