We are not sure whether it is a Spanish thing or a Valencian thing but we thought you should all know that landlords in the city will rarely insist on a contract when you rent a room or an apartment. Thats great you might think, until you consider that it leaves you, the tenant, with no rights whatsoever!
Many private landlords don’t give a contract, so going through an agency ensures that you have the correct paperwork. You will need this if you are studying or working in Valencia and are able to get any grant or funding towards accommodation! If you plan to stay for a while you may also prefer to have the peace of mind and tenant rights that a contract gives.
Studio flats in Valencia tend to work out more expensive than a three bedroom or four bedroom flat with extra rooms you can sublet.