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Old May 28th 2020, 3:32 am
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We have a place in Spain that we rent out to college students during the school year and then use ourselves in the summer. We have a couple of questions about the rental contract:

1. Can we specify that there is no smoking allowed in the flat? For that matter, can we advertise that we only want to rent to non-smokers?

2. Can we specify that the students must pay a cleaning fee at the end of the contract if the flat is not left clean? It seems we always have to hire someone to come and clean every year. We just want to know if we can make them pay for that.

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You can specify whatever you want. However, it would be impossible to enforce your rules.
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I agree, the worst you can do would be to withhold a deposit but that would be open to challenge.

You can most certainly advertise it as 'non smoking' and doing that would automatically render any mention of not renting to smokers both unnecessary and superfluous.

I presume you have a tourist licence for the property, you need that whomever you are renting to?

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Old May 28th 2020, 8:39 am
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You could offer them a cigarette as they leave the viewing. If they take it ………….
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Originally Posted by Notdunroamin View Post
I agree, the worst you can do would be to withhold a deposit but that would be open to challenge.

You can most certainly advertise it as 'non smoking' and doing that would automatically render any mention of not renting to smokers both unnecessary and superfluous.

I presume you have a tourist licence for the property, you need that whomever you are renting to?
A licence is NOT required if it is a long-term let which, I believe, this would be classed as.
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Old May 28th 2020, 11:30 am
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A licence is NOT required if it is a long-term let which, I believe, this would be classed as.
We checked into this when we first started renting and found that we did not need a license.

Thanks, everyone for the opinions. I agree it would be difficult to enforce the no smoking provision. But are we allowed to advertise it as a non smoking property?

And what about deducting a cleaning fee from the deposit?
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You need to write into the contract the provision for a cleaning fee which I suggest you should specify as a set amount , one week's rent for example , also specifying that such an amount can be deductible from the deposit. the important issue is to have it clear from day 1 .
The "No Smoking " clause is also advisable , just like a "No pets" clause . As someone has already pointed out it will be difficult to enforce but smoking makes the curtains, upholstrey etc smell - another reason for ensuring the place is cleaned properly..
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