Spese condominiale - we signed a contract to rent an
Spese condominiale - we signed a contract to rent an apartment in March this year. The rent is a fixed amount per month plus a contribution of 200 EUR per month for le spese condominiale.
We have today received a bill from UBI Banca for 975 EUR. The front page explains how to pay it but does not say what it is for. The payment slip implies that it's for the condominial expenses. There is no invoice nor explanation. The letter is addressed to both of us - me and my partner. We're both named on the bill.
As I understand it these are payable by the owner of the apartment, la proprietà, not the tenant. Looking at others' overflowing postboxes it seems like other residents have also received this bill. The bill has a due date of 31 July, which is nearly two weeks ago.
I have checked the tenancy contract and the fee of 200 EUR per month is explicitly mentioned as a contribution towards these costs.
I can only imagine that the reason we have received this is because the landlady has told the bank to send the bill to us. But then we are not the owners, and the bill is payable by the owner. Has she told the bank that the flat has changed ownership and that we own it now?
Because I cannot see how else this could happen. The bank would not simply have accepted a change of name without proof of change of ownership. Would it?
Even though the tenancy was (or was supposed to be) registered with the municipality by the estate agent, we're not the owners of the apartment.
What should we do..
1. Email the bank and supply the name of the owner
2. Ignore it
3. Email the landlady to explain that the bill has been sent to us by mistake and that perhaps she should contact the bank, we will not be taking any action
What do you think?