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More and more expatriates come to France with their cat or dog, whether they plan to stay for a long term rental or for a holiday. Sometimes they bring two or three pets!
Paris - as all of France - warmly welcomes pets. According to insurance company SanteVet, the 66.99 million citizens in France own nearly 62 million domestic animals!
However, for an expatriate wishing to settle in France with his pet companion, the difficulty is to obtain permission to bring them with him. Passenger animals are subject to certain laws, as are their masters.
Some restrictions exist:
However, they must always be kept on a leash and muzzled in public.
French customs demand documents that may be more or less numerous, depending on the country of origin. Also, it is better to inquire with the French Embassy of the country from which you will fly, at least three months before leaving your country.
In general, the required documents are:
More and more major international airlines are offering services for animals.
For starters, animals weighing 6 kilos (13.2lbs) or less can ride with their owners in the cabin, provided they are caged. Some companies have promotional prices for traveling pets; it's worth checking out several airlines before buying your tickets!
If your pet is prone to stress when traveling, contact the Goldenway team for reliable, professional and quality service where animal welfare is the main concern.
In France, a veterinarian will issue a European Pet Passport which includes an identification number and vaccination record. This passport allows your pet to freely travel throughout Europe and is valid for the animal’s life.
Should the tenant warn the landlord?
Yes, definitely! Even if the owner of a furnished or unfurnished apartment does not have the right to refuse your little companion in France, and that tenants are not obligated to inform the owner of the apartment, Paris Rental strongly recommend that you let him know. Indeed, having this courtesy allows for better relationships. And if later damages appear in the apartment, It is better to be on good terms with the landlord and to discuss with him what to do, even propose to make the necessary repairs yourself for the law allows the landlord to take compensation from the security deposit.
Do not hesitate to contact Paris Rental directly for advice.
When tenants bring their pets with them, Paris Rental includes a clause in the lease to this effect, stating that the tenant agrees to treat his animal against fleas. The reason is that once the animal is no longer in the apartment, the fleas that thrived on it before now invade the grooves of the floor, the sofa cushions, carpets, the the curtains ... making it necessary to treat the problem professionally. Therfore, it is impossible to rent the apartment for a month! And the tenant would then be charged for the expenditures and the loss of rent!
Which animals are allowed in France?
Tenants have the right to keep one or more domestic animals in the rented furnished or unfurnished accommodation, as long as they ensure peaceful enjoyment of the premises and the building's common areas. The animal’s owners are thus responsible for any damage and disturbance to the neighborhood that their animals may cause.
Here are the pets that are allowed to live in an apartment:
However, the lessor can prohibit the possession of dangerous dogs belonging to the 1st category (attack dogs), by a clause included in the rental agreement.
For more exotic animals, the law prohibits:
Other Unusual New Pets ownership (NAC) may also be prohibited by the landlord, such as:
The tenant is responsible for any damage caused by his pet. These damages, if any, are usually recorded during the exit-inventory of the premises.
Therefore, whether it is inside the flat or in the building’s common areas, the tenant must ensure that their pets do not commit damages on the walls, floors, ceilings, electrical ducts, etc. For example, most condo regulations ban dogs without a leash.
Pet owners are also responsible for neighborhood disturbances, and more specifically those caused by barking.
Learn more about neighborhood abnormalities and their consequences. Finally, Paris Rental remains available to advise landlord and tenant when renting a Paris furnished apartment with pets, so that each party is as comfortable as possible. We recommend that homeowners equip their apartment with affordable furniture to facilitate its replacement. Paris Rental’s list of equipment for furnished apartments is at your disposal.