You’re relocating to Paris ! Oh là là ! But before you start googling your fingers off to find the perfect nid d’amour (love nest) – oui oui ! – what should you be looking for ? What do you need to know to make the right decision? Here are the 3 Q&A to run through before signing anything, updated with this summer’s reviews of the housing Alur law.

Why rent a long-term furnished apartment ?

With this option, you’ll find yourself in a “déjà-vu” situation. Remember your college days? Back then, you didn’t own much and moved in with a few boxes.

Now, with a few more… years 🙂 , you’re renting a furnished apartment because:

  • You want to save money on furniture or moving costs
  • You’re staying for a limited period: going back home in a few months to a year
  • You can’t waste time or energy: no moving furniture in or out.

If this makes sense to you, a furnished rental may be just the thing for you. For shorter stays, there are other solutions such as aparthotels or short term rentals.

However, don’t look for large furnished apartments. They’re rare or for short term rentals.

Most furnished rentals in Paris are studios or 1 bedroom apartments (often for students). Click To Tweet

What does a furnished rental imply ?

  • Lease agreement : 1 year or 9 months for students. For new contracts signed since August 1st 2015, a specific standard contract must be used.
  • Notice period : 1 month, but you can leave for any reason before the 1 year period.
You get less security from a furnished rental lease than an unfurnished rental agreement Click To Tweet

as the rental period is 1 year against 3.

What can you request from your landlord ?

  • Decent housing 

It must ensure the protection the tenant’s security and health, provide minimum size dwelling and regulated equipment.

  • Furniture

No more doubts on that one ! Since August 1st 2015, a decree defines the list of items you are entitled to in a furnished rental. It includes bedding with duvets and covers, shading device system, hotplates, oven or microwave, refrigerator with freezer, tableware, cooking utensils, table and seats, shelves, light fittings, a household maintenance kit. The inventory and condition of the furniture must be added to the lease as an appendix.

  • Documents 

The landlord must give the tenant with the following documents upon signature of the rental agreement and during the rental period.

  • Technical reports on the housing : DPE (energy performance), CREP (lead exposure risks) for homes built before January 1st 1949, natural and technological risks (floods, landslides or industrial and chemical risks)
  • A general information notice (since Since August 1st 2015), the extract of the shared property regulations (Règlement de copropriété)
  • Service charges: you can ask for invoices (if payment is not a flat fee) or the list of services paid for (if payment is requested as a flat fee).
  • A rent receipt (Quittance de loyer) from the landlord or real estate agent representing the owner.
  • Urgent or necessary works for the maintenance or repair of the housing 

    other than repairs the tenant is responsible for.

For more information, see the official web site in French here.

A furnished rental is easy but more expensive and lacks that home feel to it. Click To Tweet

Your turn !

The latest housing regulations confirm the government’s will to bring more transparency to the landlord-tenant relationship. Property owners are trying to keep up with the latest decrees. On your side,

  • Check if you’re getting the basic furniture you’re entitled to for a furnished rental or ask for an unfurnished rental agreement.
  • Compare rental prices by listing extra comfort items you’re getting (TV, washer-dryer, dish washer…)
  • Check the condition of the furniture
  • Ask for the documents mentioned above

And tell me what was your dilemma about furnished rentals in Paris ? What would you have liked to know before you moved in ?

Let me know in the comments. Love to hear from you !