Lease Contracts and Rental Agreements

Understand what to expect from the tenancy agreement when renting property in Bulgaria...

There are no legal restrictions or rules on the duration of a lease contract (Договор за наем), on the formal notice required to end a lease or on many other issues concerning renting a residential property. Tenants are advised to be aware of the terms of a typical lease contract.

  • For an example of a Bulgarian rental contract: Click here (in Bulgarian)

The lease contract contains the conditions, rules and rental rates and is signed by the landlord or their legal representative and the tenant or their legal representative. The conditions and rules in the lease contract may vary, but should include the following:

  • Name, address, identity card number, and contact details of both parties, the landlord and the tenant, or their legal representatives
  • The date when the contract starts
  • Duration of the contract
  • Rental amount and terms of increase
  • Method of payment and the agreed date for payment
  • Amount of deposit due by the tenant
  • Terms and conditions for terminating the contract
  • Type of accommodation with a detailed inventory of the property (furniture, appliances)

When the tenant signs the contract they usually have to pay the rent for the first month and a deposit of one month’s rent. When the contract expires and the parties do not renew it the deposit must be refunded to the tenant.

The lease contract should be registered with the Notary Public Register (Нотариат). Although not compulsory, it is recommended in case a third party beneficiary appears and claims rights over the property.