Javier Rodríguez

Javier leads Expat Agency and is an expert in Inmigration and Intercultural Exchange. He studied Law & Political Science between the universities of Granada (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic) and Poznań (Poland) and is an official collaborator at DGT (Directorate General of Traffic). He speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish and is accustomed to work for expats from all over the world.

9 Comments

  1. Denis Lawson
    November 4, 2016 @ 6:36 pm

    You make no mention of Deposit Protection and the requirement for it to be lodged elsewhere at a government agency, or the fines the landlord can attract for their failure to do so.

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    • Expat Agency
      November 4, 2016 @ 6:42 pm

      Correct. But they do not include a different thing as a term on contracts. That’s why it is not mentioned between unfair terms on rentals.

      Thank you Denis.

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  2. Angela
    November 5, 2016 @ 4:59 pm

    Can the landlord keep your deposit if you don’t give a months notice when you leave

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    • Expat Agency
      November 5, 2016 @ 6:31 pm

      Hello Angela,

      After the first 6 months, you can terminate the contract communicating this decision to the landlord at least 30 natural days prior to your departure.

      However, in case you did not do so, landlord cannot keep the deposit to cover your out of time decision or unpaid rents, since the deposit is granted just for possible damages.

      So, the answer is no, he cannot.

      Regards.

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  3. Jacob
    November 15, 2016 @ 7:29 pm

    You wrote:

    But, in our opinion, paying a commission just because you found a property announced by an agent, it is illegal

    When it is illegal where can I find that in the law and can you do something?
    Because after few months I have heared that owner and I have paid both the commision.
    Agency will not refund commision.

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    • Expat Agency
      November 15, 2016 @ 10:13 pm

      Hello Jacob,

      Apart from being an unfair term as you said, in our opinion, last reform of the law does not allow this practise. In fact, did you notice that they didn’t ask you to pay the VAT? I guess they asked you to pay a rental month as commission, but you did not pay any VAT.

      So, regarding your intend to get the commission back, it may be possible if you have a receipt of your payment (or contract). Do you?

      You can also send us an email or contact us clicking on the page above.

      Best Regards!

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  4. Jacob
    November 27, 2016 @ 10:03 am

    Hello

    thanks for your reply and I have paid commission (1 month rent without VAT) and I have a receipt for that.
    I can go to the agency and ask my commission back but I need something what is in the law to show the agency.

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  5. Peter Dawson
    March 17, 2018 @ 3:44 pm

    We rented villa with hot tub. Within a week or two we knew it was not working properly. We reported this to landlord and advised we were turning off electrics and emptying tub. We never used the tub or refilled it afterwards. Landlord said he was going to get someone to look at the tub but didn’t. Now well over a year and a half later when we terminated on contract date he is trying to say anything wrong with the tub must be paid for out of the 2 month deposit. Am I really responsible.
    The rental contract says I must pay for villa being cleaned. I admit when we left it was dusty (from being empty since early Oct 2017 to 26th Feb. Again is this legal

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    • Javier Rodríguez
      March 20, 2018 @ 2:03 pm

      Hello Peter,

      Your landlord is forced to make necessary repairs. If he doesn’t, he is breaking the contract, as well as if you didn’t pay the rent.

      I recommend you to send him a formal writing asking for such repairs to make as soon as possible. We can prepare and send it to him in Spanish if needed.

      Kind regards,
      Javier

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