Condominium rules: living well together

If you have found a rental property, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities. Maintenance expenses, condominium fees, or repairs can create tension and confusion. This guide will help you better understand what your rights and duties are as a tenant.

Every condominium has its own “regulations” that define the rules to be respected to live without disturbing each other. These rules may include, for example, the use of common areas such as the courtyard, stairs, garages, prohibited noise hours, pet policies, etc.

The responsibilities of landlords include:

  • Repairs to the structure and systems of the property such as electrical systems, heating, window replacements, or boilers;
  • Maintenance of roofs, doors, gutters, windows, and ensuring the proper functioning of systems and sewer systems;
  • Ensuring that safety systems such as railings, balconies, and stairs are in good condition;
  • Providing adequate lighting in the common areas of the building;
  • Maintenance of pipelines and construction materials so that they do not pose a risk to the health and safety of tenants;
  • Replacement or repair of doors, windows, blinds, locks, and handles;
  • Expenses for maintenance work on common parts (such as replacing lights in stairwells or expenses in case of elevator breakdown if you live in a condominium).

Remember: The law requires landlords to rent properties that are only in good condition. The condition of the property and any damages must be specified by the landlord in the lease agreement.

Your duties include: 

  • Being punctual in paying rent and utilities (water, electricity, gas) and condominium fees specified in the contract, such as cleaning stairwells if you live in a condominium;
  • Keeping common areas clean such as stairwells or the elevator;
  • Not damaging the property. Remember that all damages or defects not specified in the lease agreement are your responsibility unless you can prove that they were not caused by you.
  • Not carrying out unauthorized work inside the apartment;

Good neighborly relations

Avoid behaviors that may disturb other tenants, such as playing music or TV too loudly, and making annoying noises like using a drill or vacuum cleaner during rest hours such as early morning or late at night.

Waste: Almost all Italian cities now have separate waste collection bins (plastic, paper, glass, aluminum, organic). To know the rules of waste collection, you can ask for information not only from your municipality but also from your neighbors or the condominium administrator.


 Knowing the rights and duties of landlords and tenants is essential to avoid disputes and maintain a good relationship. Open and respectful communication is essential. Communicating with honesty and remaining calm is important to create a space where everyone feels free to respectfully express their concerns, opinions, or discomforts to avoid problems from accumulating and turning into larger conflicts.

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