Good news! The Portuguese Government has decided to update the law and the maximum deposits are now limited to the amount equal to 2 months’ rent.

For the longest time since the introduction of NHR, we have seen a rental market under increasing pressure. We have seen 12 monthly contracts where the landlord demands a mix of pre-paid rent and deposits exceeding 12 months upfront.

This has especially been the case because the Visa process does in many cases require you to have a minimum of a 12 months rental contract and with many either being denied or changing their mind then this has certainly created an unhealthy culture.

But according to Portugal News, this is now past.

If you haven’t already please check out our tutorial on how to rent in Portugal:

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