Estonia Rental Agreement

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In such cases, rent control is managed by the local municipality. Control is not exercised at the time of the first contract, but when the lessor requires a rent increase that he can make every six months or one month for furnished rooms. The landlord can agree on a rent covering the actual housing costs, i.e. the costs of maintaining the dwellings, the costs of renovation, housing services and the housing gain, which can represent up to 10% of the total rental price. The lessor must indicate 30 days in writing and indicate the date, reasons and procedure for contesting the rent increase by going to the local courts. In all the countries compared, rental contracts can in principle be concluded either for a fixed period or for an indefinite period. *31 Only in Germany, where contracts of indefinite duration are the rule, is a contract considered valid for a fixed period only if the owner (1) wishes to use the premises as accommodation for himself, for members of his family or for members of his household; (2) wishes, as far as possible, to remove or modify or maintain the premises in such a way as to make the related measures considerably complicated by the continuation of the rental contract; or (3) wishes to rent premises to a person obliged to provide services if one of these reasons is communicated in writing to the lessee by the lessor and if these conditions are specified at the time of conclusion of the contract. *32 The legislation of the three Baltic States contains special provisions concerning rental contracts for residential immovable property. In Estonia, residential rental contracts are governed by Articles 271 to 338 of the Law on Obligations *14 (LOA). In Latvia, a special law, the Law on The Right to Rent Housing (LRT) *15, regulates housing rental contracts. Lex generalis is considered lex generalis by Latvian civil law *16 for matters that are not subject to the special law.

The lack of consistency between the lex specialis and lex generalis standards has been invoked as a ground for contradictory case law and legal commentary.*17 In Lithuania, residential rental contracts are governed by the Civil Code (CC)*18 in its special chapter XXXI (“Rental of dwellings”) as lex specialis with regard to Chapter XXVIII (“lease”) and the general part of the Civil Code. Signing a lease (in Estonian “├╝├╝rileping”) is something that all expats have probably done. No one usually expects there to be problems, but there are plenty of reasons why you should take the time to understand the contract or find someone to help you do it. Especially if the lease is not written in your language. Of course, the law protects tenants, but you can be sure that the agreements presented to you by landlords are always in their favor. What is there to check? Here are some of the things. Periodic rent increase agreements are applicable in fixed-term contracts if: Contact us if we can help you with any questions regarding your rental agreement.. . . .

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