The province of Bolzano has introduced special provisions for apartments and houses that fall under what is known as the alloggio convenzionato policy. These provisions are important when renting or buying real estate. So-called alloggi convenzionati can only be inhabited by persons who meet specific criteria: They must have been permanently residing in one of South Tyrol's municipalities for at least five years, or already had their official residence in South Tyrol at the time the building permit was issued. You or your family members are not allowed to own an apartment that is suitable for your family’s size and is easy to reach from your home or place of work, and you must not have any right of usufruct or right of residence regarding such an apartment. Eligibility to live in alloggi convenzionati also extends to persons who regularly stay in South Tyrol and have a lawful employment contract here.