Attend the handover

  • At the handover you’ll take on responsibility for your new home. This happy moment also has its share of pitfalls. Make sure to study this section carefully.

Taking over a rental property involves certain obligations and it is important to ensure that you are not held responsible for any prior defects.

The property handover consists of a rigorous assessment of the state of the property at the moment where you become the lease-holder. The real estate agency will complete documents in the local language which result in contractual and maintenance responsibilities for you.

The handover of the keys will only take place once the following steps have been completed:

  • Lease contract signed by all parties

  • First month’s rent paid

  • Security deposit set up and paid

  • Proof of third-party liability insurance, if required

Make an appointment with the agent/landlord to meet at the property. You will need between 1 and 3 hours depending on the property size.

Items you should check during the inspection

  • Check that defects are clearly listed on the inspection report

  • Take pictures of damages, marks and scratches

  • Identify all keys and check that they all work

  • Check basement storage

  • View reserved parking spaces

  • Open and close blinds

  • Switch on electrical appliances

  • Check light fixtures

  • Check dishwasher filters

  • Look for bathroom ventilation

  • Check the fridge and freezer

  • Look for holes and other damage to the floors, doors and door frames, window frames and wall tiles

  • Check the condition of garden, balconies and terraces, as well as other outdoor areas that are your responsibility

  • Check the general condition of the property for cleanliness, etc

  • Any damages or malfunctions that you notice after the handover should be reported to the real estate agency/landlord within 1-2 weeks

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