1) I am renting a flat in Florence/Fiesole through FHS but I left Florence before the lockdown: can I get a suspension of the rent or a reduction due to the circumstances ? Is there a Governmental provision to be advocated ?
Please note that the Decrees issued so far by the Italian Government do not foresee any reduction on rental fees concerning lease agreements on the private market: landlords are therefore taking individual decisions to reduce or suspend rents/utilities.
Please note: in these specific cases you are strongly invited to contact FHS, who will assist you and provide negotiation on individual basis.
2) I have booked a flat on the private market with FHS, but due to the circumstances I can no longer come to the EUI so I had to cancel my reservation: what happens to the deposit I have already paid ?
All newcomers having booked an EUI Flat between March and September 2020 on the private market through FHS and having to cancel their reservation due to force majeure (= health emergency) will receive the best possible assistance by FHS staff in negotiating the eventual refund of the booking deposit.
3) I have received a request of renewal of my lease contract for the next academic year from FHS but I do not know yet if I can or wish to renew: what shall I do?
The email about the eventual renewal of existing rental contracts for the next Academic year refers to the GENERAL INTENTION of the tenant, and does not entail any legal obligation to extend the contract itself: practically speaking, FHS needs to have a clear overview of properties available for the next academic year to be offered to newcomers, in order to provide a proper service to EUI prospect users.
We are all very much uncertain about what is going to happen in the next months, but it is also crucial to plan future developments taking into account the eventuality that academic activities resume as usual.
This said, all researchers who are currently uncertain about the possibility of renewing their contract or who need more time to decide, are invited to contact directly FHS to negotiate the extension of the deadline.
4) I would like to confirm a flat for the next Academic year through FHS but I don’t know if I can come to Florence in September: what happens if I book ?
Before confirming the rental you should clarify with FHS the refund conditions of the deposit in case you are unable to come to Florence due to force majeure, as they might change from one landlord to the other. FSH will do their best to guarantee the negotiation of the safest conditions for your contract.