Relocating to Paris
Relocating to Paris has proved to be a completely different experience to relocating to London! We have now had first hand experience twice, firstly over ten years ago when we were relocated to Paris with the help of our agents who found an apartment for us in the 15th Arrondissement of Paris. We had no idea though how different the Parisian housing market was compared to the London market until earlier this month when my son and I travelled to Paris (as he is studying at La Sorbonne) to find an apartment for him. We thought it would be easy to arrange a few days’ viewings with Parisian Rental agents and have something sewn up within a couple of weeks. However after speaking with quite a number of agents face to face we were told that it would be as easy as we had hoped. Firstly landlords often require a French guarantor; Landlords are not in a hurry to rent as the law is very much in favour of the tenants so landlords only want to make sure they have the right tenant and like to “interview” the tenants before making up their minds in deciding whom to let to. Viewings tend to be on an “open house” basis where there are more than ten tenants looking at one property. We also discovered that it was not unusual for some agents to show you a video of a rental property on line and would only agree to show the property after a months’ deposit and agency fees are paid up front – clearly a scam in our eyes!