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.
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.
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
Avoid pitfalls and ensure the handover goes smoothly - a real estate market specialist can join you at the handover and make sure all goes well.