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A little bit about renting in Costa Rica…
The vast majority of lease contracts in Costa Rica are private agreements, which are not subject to taxation. There are some exceptions such as for instance when a multinational corporation signs the lease contract and requires the landlord to issue “factura timbrada” (invoice that needs to be reported to Costa Rican tax authorities).
Both parties to the lease contract have the right to notarize their lease or even register it with the National Registry.
Unless it is explicitly stated by the owner that his or her intent is to seek tenants for short periods of time, it is understood and widely assumed that published rental rates are for lease contracts of 1 or more years.
Upon signing of your lease contract, it is expected that you pay the first month of rent and the security deposit, which is the equivalent of 1 month of rent. If you break the lease contract prior to the end of the first year, you will lose the security deposit.
If you are looking for an unfurnished home or apartment, be prepared to find it completely unfurnished, that is with no appliances either. Unfurnished apartments with appliances (“linea blanca”) included are rare to find.
If you are looking for a furnished house or apartment, you may need to be prepared to accept to pay an additional deposit (equivalent to 1 month of rent) for the furniture. This is not always the case, but it is better to be prepared.