Tenants: Things you should know
Posted at November 30, 2020
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Empty or furnished rental in Paris, what to choose?

Empty or furnished rental in Paris, what to choose?


Do you need to find a new rental in Paris? Are you hesitating between furnished or unfurnished rentals, but you don't know the differences? These two rentals do not offer the same benefits, and prices may vary from one rental to another. To better determine which type of rental to choose while in Paris, this article details the rental that meets your needs.

The difference between unfurnished and furnished rentals

As its name suggests, an unfurnished rental means that the rental agreement only provides the tenant with the accommodation itself. Moreover, empty housing often lacks a kitchen and its equipment. It is then necessary to furnish and equip your Paris unfurnished rental before moving in.

A furnished rental means that the owner provides the tenant with the furniture and all essential equipment for cooking, eating, sleeping, and keeping the accommodation in good condition:

  • Bedding with sheets, duvets, or blankets;
  • A table and chairs;
  • Storage units and shelves;
  • Essential kitchen equipment;
  • Kitchen utensils and dishes;
  • Equipment suitable for the upkeep of accommodation and linen *
  • Lamps, side tables *
  • Household appliances *

* not required

A furnished rental has to provide all items listed above -minus the non-required ones. The complete list of equipment is available on the French public service website. The furnished rental status could be revoked by law if the owner does not provide the minimum list of equipment required.


Differences in the rental contract

The rental contract or lease is a mandatory document that binds the lessor and the tenant for a fixed period. The lease contract designates all the rules and legislation surrounding the rental. The rental agreement includes elements common to both rentals, such as the type of property, the number of rooms, the heating methods, and the equipment present. The rental contract for a furnished rental indicates the furniture made available to the tenant. In the event of a dispute over the equipment, apart from normal wear and tear, any degradation is the tenant's responsibility.

The tacit renewal of the unfurnished rental lease is three years, compared to 1 year for furnished rentals. The legal time to give the notice to leave a furnished rental is three months; it drops to 1 month in all urban areas where rentals, whether empty or furnished, are hard to find. Paris is among these areas. For furnished apartments, the notice is always one month.

Please note that the lessor is entitled to request a 2-month deposit for the furniture and household appliances provided in the case of furnished rentals! Indeed, this deposit makes it possible to cover any possible deterioration of the accommodation and its fittings.

One crucial difference between Furnished and Unfurnished rentals is that if the Apartment you rent is for sale, the landlord must give the first choice to the tenant who rents unfurnished, but he/she is not obliged to if the rent is furnished.


Contracts and additional costs

Whether for furnished or unfurnished rental, the tenant is responsible for his electricity, gas, water, and internet subscriptions. Therefore, they must take out a contract for electricity and gas and a telecommunications contract for Internet access.

Since the Alur law of 2014, it is now mandatory to take out home insurance to protect housing during rental in Paris. This insurance is the tenant's responsibility and not the owner's. There are specific risk formulas or an all-risks formula (fire, damage related to lightning, etc.) to guarantee your accommodation. Extensions of guarantees make it possible to cover the accommodation against vandalism, electrical damage, and some guaranties offer legal assistance.

You can find the best home insurance for your needs using an online home insurance comparator. You can also seek advice from your real estate agency.


Which location to choose?

If you need to stay mobile in France, a furnished rental in Paris is the best solution for you. Furnished rentals make it possible to avoid the purchase of furniture and to make a large additional investment. Also, the short notice period allows you to leave your accommodation without worrying about organizing a move.

On the contrary, if you have to settle in Paris for the long term, the empty rental is attractive. It is a pleasure to hunt for bargains in Paris and then settle into one's furniture. The amortization of furniture purchase to the price of the furniture of a furnished rental is relatively rapid, between 1 year and two years. Renting unfurnished is then the right solution.

If you wish to start your search for a furnished apartment in Paris, Paris Rental's choice in https://en.parisrental.com/

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