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Landlord issues in Porto - seeking advice 🙂
Dear forum peers,
Recently I moved out of my apartment in Porto and the landlord refused to return my deposit for no other reason than to take advantage of the fact that I'm a foreigner (from Belgium 🙂
I was legally registered at the address (I have proof of residency from the Camara in Matosinhos) but I'm sure the landlord did not declare the rental income I paid every month for the 6 months I lived there.
My question is, can I - ANONYMOUSLY - report this man to the fiscal authorities (Financas) for rental income tax evasion? I have proof of bank transfers, whatsapp messages etc.
Prior to taking any action from my side I would appreciate any advice.
Thank you very much.
I am sorry but i don't know the answer but wait because someone may have the answer you need.
Based on what you said I am sure the landlord was not registered. Did the landlord have you sign a contract and then register it at Finanças?
Have you checked on your Finanças page to see if there are any rent receipts registered? If he is over 65 (or is it 70?) they only have to register the income the following year by the end of February I believe. (that is my situation but she sends paper receipts every month too) But younger than that and they have to do it monthly online.
I think you have no recourse in getting back your deposit as it sounds like there was no contract. I am the type of person who would contact Finanças with the situation and see what they say before making a formal complaint ...I suggest doing that before giving any revealing information. Could be the process is more hassle than it's worth.
@tartntiny Thank you for taking the time to look at my issue. To answer, no he did not have me sign a contract. In fact I went to financas and they registered me without asking for a contract copy. All I provided were my payslips with the address listed and that sufficed.
On my financas page there are no rent receipts registered, the landlord is in his early 40's so pretty sure he's not declaring it.
Yes I agree it could be a hassle and I don't want to go to court etc. I'll think about contacting financas and asking for their advice. Many thanks for your help 🙂