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Flat Deposit - ADVICE needed please (Barcelona)


I am looking to rent here in Barcelona and it seems all landlords and agents want minimum two month deposit, even for short term let of 3 months. In the UK the norm is 1 month however the deposit is kept by a third party company to protect it (and to ensure the landlords did not withhold it without cause as was common practice when the tenancy ended). Is there something here? What is to stop agents holding onto it unnecessarily? What, if any, protection for tenants are there (especially in short term lets)
thank you

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