Renter's Resources

Tenant FAQ

After 30 years of helping expats find long-term furnished apartment rentals in Paris, we’ve been asked almost everything! Here’s a selection of the most frequently-asked questions:

  • How much do utilities cost? Toggle select

    The electricity bill per m2 varies according to:

    whether or not there is electric heating: heating represents, on average, 60% of a household's energy consumption
    the characteristics of the accommodation: excellent or inadequate insulation, consumption class of household appliances, presence of a thermostat for heating, etc.
    the habits of the occupants: number of inhabitants, number and type of devices used, present only in the evening and on weekends or also during the day, etc.
    The chosen electricity supplier. To estimate your electricity consumption, click here.

  • What is "assurance multirisques"? Toggle select

    It refers to home insurance that covers water damage, fire, and other hazards (depending on the coverage). This insurance is mandatory for all tenants. You must renew it every year or your lease could be terminated.

  • What is "taxe d’habitation"? Toggle select

    The taxe d'habitation is the local residence tax in France. The bill arrives in the fall and is due by the occupant who resides there on January 1st of that year.

    If the tenant resides in the apartment for a short period of time (ex: 3 months), the owner may accept a pro-rated payment of the tax, though they are not obligated to do so.

  • When will I get my security deposit back? Toggle select

    When the walkthrough (état-des-lieux) goes well, the owner has one month (after move-out and key return) to deliver the security deposit.

    If there are any issues during the walkthrough beyond normal wear and tear, part of the security deposit will be held. The remainder (after deductions) will be returned to the tenant within two months.