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Looking For An Apartment In Paris

My advice for apartment seekers in Paris

🕒 3 min read

Category: Miscellaneous

Tags: apartement, paris, housing

Looking for an apartment in Paris... is a hassle. A lot of demand, too little supply. Not to mention you always - well, almost - need rent guarantors.

First of all, where to look for apartments?

My three favorite ones:

Pro tip: enable the alert emails so that you get an email as soon as one ad is posted, or digest emails.

Here is the message I used to send to landlords:

Bonjour,

Je suis tout juste diplômé de l'école d'ingénieur de Compiègne, l'UTC. Pour mon premier emploi à Paris (qui commence le XX septembre), je recherche un appartement et je suis très intéressé par votre offre sur leboncoin. Quand serait-il possible de venir le visiter ? Vous faut-il des papiers particuliers ?

Je paierai moi-même le loyer, ayant un salaire de XXXX euros brut. Mes parents seront garants. Vous pouvez me joindre de préférence par email à me@domain ou par téléphone au 06 XX XX XX XX.

Merci beaucoup,
Cordialement

Once you've arranged a viewing, you should prepare the documents you are going to have to hand in along with the questions you want to ask.

The documents

In Paris, landlords usually expect people to know what documents are required. However, this might drastically vary from one to another. Here is a list of must and optional ones. If you are extremelly well paid you might not need rent guarantors:

Must

Optional but often required

Rarely required

However, never hand in your bank details before officially signing the apartment lease.

Here is the kind of document I hand in alongside all the other documents.


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Questions to ask during the viewing

Here are a few questions I used to ask:

Keeping track of the apartments you've found and the viewings you've done

I recommend that you create an Excel file to do that. Here is an extract of mine:

That's it! Hope this helps.