We Help Find, Negotiate and Secure Your Long Term Rental in Italy

Many people either can't or don't want to buy a property in Italy. They prefer the freedom and flexibility of a rental where they don't have the responsibility of home ownership.

But long term rentals in Italy are not easy to find and definitely not easy to negotiate. Owners are suspicious of renters, concerned they will default on their rent and be stuck with bad renters and no income.

Estate agents are notoriously slow to respond (if they respond at all) and leases are regulated and must meet specific criteria to qualify for official residency.

If you are planning to rent in Italy, finding a good rental, at a good price will be your #1 priority.

We can help!

Submit your rental request

How It Works

Send us your rental criteria, including features, location and budget

Make a request

If we feel we can help, we will invite you to join our Property Rental Assistance


Once you have found the house of your dreams, we will start the negotiations to secure your rental


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Property Rental Assistance

Our Property Rental Assistance will help you find, negotiate and secure a long term rental property, anywhere in Italy. It includes:

Property Search. Our Licensed Estate Agents and Property Team will help you find, evaluate and lease a property that meets your criteria.

Negotiate. Our agents are Italian and know how to bargain! They will represent you to the property owners and/or other listing agents to get you the best price.

Lease Review. It is critical that your new rental meets the criteria for your Visa and/or needs. There are laws that protect renters in Italy and we will ensure that your lease is legal, registered and will qualify for your residency in Italy.

Represent You. In Italy it is "who you know" and having a professional speak on behalf of your credibility goes a long way in soothing the notoriously nervous property owners that are resistant to renting to foreigners.

Organize Live/Virtual Tours. We will organize virtual or in-person tours of up to 10 properties so you can view them and the surroundings from the comfort and safety of your home.

English/French/German & Italian Speaking Support. We will support and guide you throughout the entire renting process. You are never alone or left without answers to your questions.

It's that easy!

We know what owners are worried about, and we know how to present your application for a rental so that you have the highest chance of acceptance.  With our help, we can open the door to your new home in Italy, whether it is for a few months, a few years or a lifetime.

We help break down the barriers, even when you're new to Italy

We help break down
the barriers


you need a rental property to qualify for your visa


YOU'RE READY TO rent A PROPERTY IN ITALY within the next 6 months

This is Right For You if..

"I can't imagine how much harder this would have been without Smart Move Italy."

Kevin and Sal had been dreaming of moving to Italy for years.  After deciding to make the move, they knew they needed help to find an apartment to call their own.  Within a few weeks, we found their perfect pad where they can make their new home in Italy.

Kevin & Sal

living the dream

Yes, we can help you to

"Thank's to Smart Move Italy's expertise, we secured a lease for our ERV!"

Diane and Greg were within days of signing a lease for a rental property to use for their Elective Residency Visa when they contacted us and learned that the rental they found would not qualify. Saving them time, money and a lot of problems, we were able to find them an alternate property that fits their every need. 

Diane & Greg

a retirement dream

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a licensed estate agency in Italy?

Do you speak English?

Yes. English is our mother language, but we also speak French, Italian, and German.

Do you guarantee I will be able to rent the property I choose?

We guarantee that we will present you in the best way possible with the goal of negotiating the best rental rate and terms for you. However, we cannot force an owner to accept your proposal or rent you their property. We can guarantee that we will be honest with you from the start so your expectations are clear. 

Do you charge commission?

Yes.  Our agency charges commission equal to one months rent + vat (22%).  Standard rental commissions in Italy are equal to one-month rent. This will be due at the acceptance of the binding rental proposal by the owner.

Yes.  We are a fully licensed estate agency in Italy and a member of FIAIP  and the Chamber of Commerce.

Do you guarantee you will find a property within my search criteria?

We guarantee that we will present and/or assist with up to fifteen (15) properties that meet the majority of your search criteria. We cannot guarantee every feature, as it is not possible, however we will try our best to fit as many as possible.

Do you search for the properties for me?

Yes, if you prefer us to do the searching we can. However, if you have properties that you have found online that you want us to investigate, you can add them to your property board. We will investigate up to ten (10) properties on your short list. 

Do you work with other agencies?

Yes, often we will need to liaise with other agents to find the properties in their zone. Many times, there are rental properties that are not advertised and only known by the local agents. Our strong national ties with agents from across Italy help find you unique properties you can’t find online. 

We need a long term rental for our Elective Residency Visa. Can you help us?

Yes! We have helped many people find their rental property in Italy that will qualify them for both the ERV and Residency when they arrive in Italy. There are special criteria that you need to have and we ensure that your lease is written so that if you are not successful in obtaining your Visa you are released from the lease.  

What if I do not like any of the ten properties?

We will do our best to find the best properties in your chosen area, that fit your criteria or budget. If you recognize early that your criteria needs to be altered, we can quickly change. However, most people find the property they love within the ten choices.

How long does it take to rent a property?

This is difficult to say. Sometimes it can take just a few weeks, and sometimes many months. It depends on your search criteria, location and willingness of the owner. We will try to work within your time frame.

Can we organize a long term rental from our home country or do we need to be in Italy?

You can rent from your home country, which is actually the most common, even before the Pandemic. Many of our clients do not want to waste the money traveling to Italy just to search for a rental property. The chances of finding a property, negotiating the lease and securing the registration in a few weeks is almost impossible. It is better, safer and less expensive to have us do it from here.

I have submitted my request and criteria, when will I hear back?

We try to review requests within 24 hours of receipt. If there are concerns about your request (criteria is unrealistic or incomplete) we will contact you for clarification.

How can I work with you?

That's simple.  Just fill out a rental search request and we will get back to you within 24 hours to let you know if we can help.

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Our goal is to find you the best property at the best price while keeping your search criteria in mind. However, your criteria must first be realistic.

To ensure that we are a good fit, and that we can help you.

Send us your search criteria

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