Gloria wrote: ↑Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:14 pmWe are not planning on renewing the lease with them but is it possible to use the security deposit as last month's rent? The lease says we can not but I am told he can't enforce it being that it's our last month and is quite common in Chile to do this.
As a norm it should be returned (or not) to the renter after the inspection of the premises in case of damages etc as it is in the US, however in Chile most people have use of it as payment of last month of rent for reasons already explained earlier.
Can we move out at the end of the apartment without a letter saying we can move (I heard we need this letter)?
No, you cannot. You must send a certified and notarized letter cancelling your contract 2 MONTHS in advance, so by the end of this month to be safe you need to do this.
me go to a notary to notarize our rental agreement so I hope this doesn't affect anything legally.
Whether or not this contract was notarized, you are still liable to the contract.
Next time, if a landlord doesn´t notarize a legal agreement, don´t do business with him or her for your own protection.
Please keep in mind that chileans as a whole like to live "at the edge of the law" and whether the laws are written in the Civil Code of the Republic of Chile, they piss on it anyways.
Gloria, the rental lease in the wife's name lists the apartment we are living in as their address. They never lived there but it was always an investment property so where can I send this certified letter? Is it valid to email them since the contract only says to give 60 days notice of non-renewal?