Italy: Did You Know?

The standard power in a property in Italy is 3kW. If you feel that 3kW is not sufficient, you can request an upgrade. The cost of the upgrade can vary depending on the provider and the type of upgrade — you can request to upgrade to 4.5kW, 6.0kW or 10kW. The upgrade can only be requested once you have been officially set up as a client with the relevant provider.

All Non-EU citizens require a Visa to live and work in Italy after 90 days. If you are not part of an intracompany transfer, you have various options, which include Visas for self-employed individuals, investors, or retirees.

Property requirements that are very challenging or impossible to find in major Italian cities include: 4 or more-bedroom apartments, large gardens, private garages, AC in each room, walk-in showers and or closets, or laundry rooms. Electric clothes dryers are also not standard.

If you are going to be living in Italy long-term, please engage the services of a competent lawyer and accountant for any legal or tax advice you may need. Many expats try to do it themselves, as they are under the impression that they can get away with things in Italy, as they believe that the law is not enforced. This is not the case, and in my thirty years of assisting expats, I’ve seen hundreds end up in tears when the authorities come knocking. Here is a list of referrals for tax experts.

You simply do not have the luxury to hang out with expats who are constantly hating on Italy and Italians. They will sap your energy and chip away at your enthusiasm for why you moved to Italy. I cannot stress enough how you must leave these individuals alone. Just like you must avoid the moaners, don’t overly focus on the negatives in Italy. As much as you can, focus on all the wonderful aspects of Italy and be grateful for the fact that you can experience it firsthand.

In comparison to many other countries, Italy is considered quite a safe country, even in the big cities. That said, common sense should prevail, and caution is advised when travelling on public transport to avoid being pickpocketed.

Trying to rush or trying to speed up the decision process in Italy may well result in achieving the opposite result. Timing is different in Italy and this needs to be embraced.

Regardless of whether you are an EU or a Non-EU citizen, if you are planning on living in Italy full-time, you will need to register at the Town Hall as a resident where you live. This is a vital step in your Italian immigration process and is required to keep you compliant while living here.

They say that 95% of success in life depends on who you know. This is especially true in Italy — just mentioning that you are a friend of someone can open many doors for you. There is a myriad of events, conferences, trade shows, and networking groups where you can connect with other professionals in Italy. Keep a list of who you meet because very often you will find that someone you met a few years is exactly who you need to connect with in that moment.

Given the demand outstrips supply very often in 1st tier cities, landlords for the most part, are not very willing to negotiate on the rent, or to consider other requests that the tenant may have. Considering this — it will behoove one most of the time not to include excessive requests in the lease proposal.

Renting in Italy is quite different from other markets, and I have had many clients shocked to learn that basically the tenant is responsible for most things in the property — with only major items falling under the responsibility of the landlord. I always explain this very thoroughly before the check-in, to avoid unpleasant discussions during the tenancy, and at the checkout.

Regardless of whether you are a corporate or individual taking over a property in Italy — in simple terms, if a thorough check-in is not done, it will be almost impossible at the end of the tenancy, to prove if any dilapidations claimed for by the landlord are valid or not, as you essentially have no proof — therefore, you don’t have a legal leg to stand on.

This is a general guide regarding what you should know before you relocate to Italy. As it is impossible to cover every possible issue and angle here, if you would like to book a 60-minute Pre-Arrival Strategy Session to delve deeper into relocating to Italy, please feel free to contact me.

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Damien O'Farrell

Global Mobility Specialist and Expat Coach with thirty plus years’ experience in Global Mobility.