While we’ve provided much of the information on our website about taxes and property buying in Italy, it’s important to understand the annual taxations and fees when buying real estate also. We’ve created a short list here.
This is similar to other places in the world. If you buy a property that is part of a condominium with shared amenities, the annual fee can range from €400–€1,000. Your costs could of course be higher than €1,000 per year if you’re part of a more luxurious area or complex. This is typically used for pool maintenance, building lighting, or landscape management.
Local Council Tax
Formally the IMU/ICI Tax, the TASI local council tax is a tax due twice a year. You will never receive a bill for this tax. It’s simply your responsibility as an Italian home owner to go to the post office to pay it. It is calculated based on a number of factors but is not associated with your home’s commercial value. The government calculates this fee and it is done in a process so we cannot offer a generic round number.
You will certainly need internet in your new property! If your place is not in an area connected to ADSL, you can grab an internet dongle or key which plugs into the USB port of your laptop, allowing you 4G connection access. If there’s a signal, you’ll be free to search. The fee is around €30 per month.
Banking in Italy can be a bit complex. When opening an account, there is typically a monthly fee for account management and charges for money transfers whether you are putting money in or taking it out to pay bills or send statements. Some utility companies also impose restrictions on non-residents which could pose a problem if you are buying strictly a holiday home. Some also do not allow direct debits at all. Your bills can usually be paid online or you can hire a property manager that will handle bills for you. While you may consider it easier to open an Italian bank account to handle your expense paying for your property, it’s best to consider all your options first. It’s simple to pay by bank transfers. To avoid an unfamiliar banking system, this may be a better option for you.