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Morocco – Lease Agreements

The typical lease term for rental properties in Morocco is 12 months, with the option to renew at the end of the lease period. Some landlords may agree to a shorter lease term, but this is not as common. The lease agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.

Furnished vs Unfurnished Properties

Furnished properties in Morocco typically come with all the necessary furniture and appliances, including a bed, wardrobe, dining table, sofa, TV, refrigerator, stove, and washing machine. In some cases, the property may also include kitchen utensils, bed linens, and towels.

Unfurnished properties, on the other hand, are usually rented without furniture or appliances. The tenant will have to bring their own furniture and appliances or purchase them after moving in.

Standard Clauses in Lease Agreement

In a lease agreement in Morocco, the standard clauses include the rental amount, payment terms, length of the lease, security deposit, the rights and responsibilities of both parties, and the conditions for renewing or terminating the lease. The lease agreement must also include information on the property, such as the address, size, and number of rooms.

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Additional Clauses

While not mandatory, some additional clauses that may be included in a lease agreement in Morocco are:

  • A clause specifying the use of the property, for example, whether it can be used for commercial or residential purposes only
  • A clause specifying who is responsible for paying utility bills, such as electricity, water, and gas
  • A clause specifying whether the landlord or tenant is responsible for repairing and maintaining the property
  • A clause specifying the restrictions on subletting the property or having guests stay overnight.

Expats Signing a Lease Contract

Expats should be aware of several things when signing a lease contract in Morocco, including:

  • Understanding the terms and conditions of the lease agreement, including the rental amount, payment terms, and length of the lease
  • Familiarizing themselves with the local laws and regulations regarding rental properties and tenants’ rights
  • Checking the property before signing the lease agreement to ensure that it is in good condition and meets their needs and requirements
  • Negotiating the terms and conditions of the lease agreement, if necessary, to ensure that their rights and interests are protected.

Condition Reports

Condition reports are not common in Morocco before signing a lease agreement. However, it is advisable for tenants to take photos or videos of the property before moving in to have a record of its condition in case any disputes arise.

Qualifications and Licenses for Letting Agents

In Morocco, letting agents are not required to have specific qualifications or licenses. However, they must comply with the local laws and regulations regarding property rental and must not engage in any illegal or unethical practices.

Association or Organisation for Letting Agencies

There is no specific association or organization in Morocco for reputable letting agencies. However, tenants can check the reputation of a letting agency by asking for references and checking online reviews and ratings.

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