Landlords and tenants are protected in Ecuador provided they have a valid rental agreement or contract. Both parties have the right to sue IF the rental agreement/contract has been breached, but only if it has been legalized or notarized.
Contracts can be notarized in the Cámara de Comercio or with an attorney. Both parties have the right to hire an attorney to legalize the contract before signing.
You’ll find that lease agreements are much shorter and simpler than in the U.S. All three of the leases we’ve signed were 2 to 3 pages in length.
The landlord has the right to evict a renter if they haven’t paid rent for two consecutive months. The landlord can use the security deposit to pay for any repairs needed or damage done by the renter. Any remaining funds from the security deposit must be returned to the renter.
The renter must also leave the home in the manner in which it was received. For example, if the house had white walls at the time of the rental and the new tenant decides to paint the walls yellow, they must repaint the walls white before moving out.
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