In certain cases an amendment to rental contracts can be requested.
The crisis triggered by the coronavirus health emergency in Italy has put many tenants in difficulties who, in this period of lockdown, find themselves in trouble when it comes to paying the rent. Among the most affected are students away from home. Let's have a look at the cases in which it is possible to ask for rent reduction or suspension.
For students who have perhaps had to leave their university accommodation, as for all other categories of tenants, as is well known, there are no specific national rules for rent reduction. There is therefore no law stating a right for tenants, or an obligation for landlords, to reduce the amount due for payment of rent.
The main way, therefore, to seek a reduction or suspension of rent (both for commercial and residential properties) is by agreement between the parties (landlord and tenant). In essence, therefore, in the face of an objective difficulty in complying with the payment of the sum established by the contract, the only possibility is to contact the owner of the rented property directly to modify, even temporarily, the terms of the agreement.
Entering into the specifics of rent for students renting a room or flat, a statement by ADUC (the Association for Users' and Consumers' Rights) specified that, although there are no discounts for students who leave a rental property to return to their families, amendments can be requested in some cases. The only cases where asking for a reduction are possible are of those who paid the rent with their own job which they have now lost, or that of the parent on whom they were dependent.
The fact of leaving the house empty, in fact, has no relevance, since the rent is due even if you do not use the apartment. However, Erasmus students called back to their country can ask for the suspension of rent payments, since in these cases scholarships are not paid, for example. It may therefore be possible to extend the duration of the contract when universities reopen.