Updating a rental in a lease agreement

Raymundo LarraĆ­n Nesbitt, March, 19. 2020

By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer - Abogado
19th of March 2020

Well, well, well how things change in only a matter of ten days.

Only a few days ago we lived in a young Democracy, now, a week on, we live in a Police State, locked in our own houses, with drones overflying giving us orders.

I was planning to write a new article titled ‘8 Tips to Avoid Virus Contagion’, but I thought it through better and it would make for depressive reading. So, I’ll just publish one on good old rental agreements.

This short concise article will help me put my mind off the post-apocalyptic virus-ridden world we now live in. So much for saving the planet; it’s now save ourselves!

A question we frequently get asked is if a landlord can increase the rental from one year to the next in line with inflation. The short answers is no, you may not, unless you worded it into the contract previously.

As a general rule, you can only update rentals, year on year, if the lease agreement you sign with your tenant includes a specific provision whereby the lease is automatically updated annually. If you neglect to include such a clause, you cannot raise the rental afterwards, sorry. The only exception is if your tenant agrees to sign an addendum including it, but they are not forced to.

Pro-tip: On drafting a rental contract in Spain you should ensure to include a clause updating the monthly rental from one year to the next. You can either set a fixed amount i.e. 3.5% or else link it to a benchmark index that tracks inflation i.e. Spain’s popular Consumer Price Index (or IPC, for short).

You are welcome.


"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause." – Senator Padme Amidala (as played by Natalie Portman).


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