The candidates for rent should prepare their “personal file” before starting to look for an apartment, rather than after they found it. If by chance you were to like an apartment on your first visit, it is unlikely that the owner will keep the apartment for you for he probably received forty more applications waiting for a visit of his furnished apartment!
How to prepare your file?
To begin, make a short presentation about yourself, and add a copy of your CV, employment contract or your Internship Agreement. Your cover letter should describe why you want to live in this area (for example: there is a large square nearby and you are a jogger; there are cinemas near by and you are a movie buff, etc.). If you have a recommendation from a former landlord, put it in your file. Finally, prepare everything in an attractive color pouch. Among other files, you will come out!
Last but not least, prepare documents attesting to your resources, for example:
● Last or second-to-last tax notice (or equivalent document abroad)
● 3 last payslips
● For non-salaried employees: last two balance sheets or attestation of resources for the current year
● Proof of pension, of social benefits and allowances for the last 3 months
● Title of property or last notice of property tax
● Proof of property income, life annuities or income from securities and movable assets
Should I speak with the owner during the visit?
Do not forget that a long-term lease means a long-term relationship between tenant and owner. So, be ready to engage in dialogue! To begin, ask a few specific questions: "In case of a leak, where is located the water shutoff valve? Do you have a dedicated service provider to contact for the annual boiler review?" Questions such as these will demonstrate your interest and the care you will take of the apartment.
If you choose to work with Paris Rental, an appointed consultant will send you a selection of apartments, organize visits and accompany you to see the apartments, assist you with your file, review the lease with you, and help you all the way till you sign your lease contract for your new “home, sweet home”. You will also get assistance for electricity, gas, "TriplePlay" (Internet, telephone, cable) subscriptions and for your home insurance.