23/10/2017

Living in Italy

There is accommodation to be rented in many newspapers (appartamenti da affittare). As in many other parts of the world, if an apartment is available

 

 

 

 


 

 

Legal Matters

 

There is accommodation to be rented in many newspapers (appartamenti da affittare). As in many other parts of the world, if an apartment is available to be rented, it will have the sign “to let” (affittasi) clearly visible. Estate agents (agenzie immobiliari) deal with property to rent and buy. Rental contracts vary but are usually for four years. If you have acquired resident status in Italy, you are protected from eviction by law, subject to certain conditions. It will no be easy for you to find cheap accommodation, especially in the big cities. In Rome particularly, it may be a big problem. If possible, arrange accommodation before moving. If not, arrange temporary accommodation and allow for a search of up to 2 months. Rent prices are fixed by law, the so-called "equo canone". However, these "equo canone" houses are in short supply since many house-owners do not put their houses up for rent at these low prices. For that reason, rent prices on the free market are exceptionally high and the market is often complicated. Among the features to note are the up-market prices beyond "equo canone" limits and the quasi-legal or illegal offers, involving third parties or agencies. Realistic offers can often only be found a long way out of town.

Rented Accommodation

As you may guess, you will be subjects to the official laws of the country as soon as you are in Italy. If you had any legal problems, what you have to do is contacting the Embassy or the Consulate-General offices of your country. The Carabineer Service (Arma dei Carabinieri) is in charge of maintaining the public order, by the Police (Polizia), by the Revenue Guard Corps (Guardia di Finanza) and Traffic policemen (Vigili Urbani) each of them involved in different matters (for example, the Revenue Guard Corps has the task of preventing smuggling). All these bodies can stop and ask Italians and foreigners to show their identity card or passport and refusal to do so is considered a crime in itself. If someone is found without documents, he could be brought to a police station in order to be identified. A police officer has the general power to stop someone on reasonable grounds of suspicions. An arrested person has a statutory right to consult a lawyer and to notify a named person. The arrested person can be detained for up to a maximum of 48 hours, within which period the arrest must be confirmed as correct and in accordance with the law. In some cases, the arrested person is immediately brought before a court to stand trial. The police force in Italy, like in many others countries of Europe are armed.

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