N) Spanish Rental Agreements

Welcome to our FAQ on Spanish rental contracts. This guide covers essential information for renting or leasing residential, commercial, or tourist properties in Spain, helping you navigate the process with ease.


Dive into the world of rental agreements in sunny Spain, where living, investing, and tourist rentals converge in a fascinating legal landscape. Explore the essential basics of Spanish rental contracts before you leap into tourist or permanent leasing. Whether it’s your own place or a smart investment, understanding the rules that balance tenants’ needs with landlords’ interests is crucial.

What to Know

Residential Rentals

In Spain, the Spanish Urban Leasing Act (LAU) applies to permanent residential rentals. This law outlines the framework for:

  • The minimum duration of the lease agreement
  • Payment terms
  • The rights and obligations of both parties
  • Protective measures for the tenant
  • Limits on rent increases
  • Maintenance costs (who pays for what)
  • Conditions under which the tenant can make improvements to the property

The LAU provides tenants with more stability and security. Its provisions aim to create a balanced situation for both parties and promote the stability of residential lease agreements in Spain.

One of the key components is the requirement to draft a written agreement clearly stating the terms of the lease. This written agreement is crucial for resolving potential disputes and provides legal certainty for both parties.

Another important aspect is the minimum duration of the agreement. During this period, the landlord cannot terminate the agreement, even if stated otherwise in the contract. The minimum duration depends on when the lease contract was signed and whether the landlord is a natural or legal person. Our office understands the complexity of these aspects and provides personal advice to ensure that both landlords and tenants can efficiently and safely navigate the legal intricacies of residential rentals under the LAU.

Non-Residential Rentals

The LAU also covers rentals of properties not intended for residential purposes. In this case, the rules vary depending on the nature of the use (commercial, industrial, or other purposes). Such contracts require special attention to specific provisions and conditions tailored to each lease agreement’s unique needs. Here, the emphasis is on what the parties mutually agree upon, with fewer legal requirements. Understanding the agreement’s provisions and seeking professional advice is crucial to ensure compliance with current regulations.

Tourist Rentals as a Key Market Player

In the past decade, tourist rentals have become a significant player in the Spanish Real Estate market. The growing demand for temporary accommodation has led owners and investors to organize the rental of their properties in popular tourist regions differently. However, this growth comes with legal challenges. Regulations for tourist rentals vary by region, and it is vital to comply with local regulations to avoid potential penalties and secure the necessary permits. Our office specializes in guiding clients through the legal maze of vacation rentals.


Once your Spanish rental agreement is set up, ACCOMPANY can assist you in several ways:

Ensuring Compliance: We help you draft and review rental agreements to ensure they comply with Spanish laws. Whether it’s a residential, commercial, or tourist rental, we ensure that all legal requirements are met.

Ongoing Support: Our team is available to address any questions or concerns that may arise as you navigate the Spanish rental market. From clarifying lease terms to advising on legal obligations, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Strategic Advice: Beyond compliance, ACCOMPANY offers strategic advice to optimize your rental operations in Spain. From identifying investment opportunities to streamlining administrative processes, we work with you to enhance your property’s performance and maximize returns.


Embarking on the journey of renting property in Spain offers both challenges and opportunities. By partnering with ACCOMPANY , you gain access to a dedicated team of professionals committed to your success. We provide the expertise and support needed to navigate the complexities of Spanish rental laws confidently. Whether you’re dealing with residential, non-residential, or tourist rentals, ACCOMPANY is here to help you every step of the way. Together, we can turn your property rental aspirations into a thriving reality, ensuring a smooth and compliant experience in the dynamic Spanish market.


The information contained herein is of a general nature, and subject to changes. Applicability to your specific situation should be determined through consultation with our tax or legal advisors.