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Hi All..
I am planning to move with my family to Paris around 5th - 6th June. The idea is to book temp flat for 2 weeks online and than look for permanent 3 years rental. I should start my employment on 15th June.
I was wondering whether there is a real chance to find a place to live (3 years rental) in 8-10 days time (not via agency but via webs).
I will have a 3 years contract from an international organisation in my hand and bank account set up in French bank (with assistance from my employer) . Happy to set up direct debit payments too. I will not have a guarantor and neither cash equivalent to 6-12 months of rent as a security for landlord. Any advice very much welcomed.
I think you can do it in 10 days. But you have to make sure you have ALL paperwork in hands. Downtown Paris, I was able to rent a studio because I knew by heart the list of docs usually asked for. The realtor was impressed and found me trustworthy. The next day I was signing the agreement.
You will have to research the area too. I still have several friends downtown Paris. If you need more help, just let me know!
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Dear Tada
Thank you very much for your response and advice. Answering to your both posts. In fact I do not want to settle in Paris at all, but in quiet suburbs. What was putting me off from FUSAC was that there are usually very few adverts from suburbs. Ideally I would like to rent a 2 bedroom apartment in zones 3-4 preferably on RER A no more than 45 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Etoile. If that is not possible. I would consider other options. The priority for me is to keep my family ( 2 small kids - 2 and 4 years old) at the temp accommodation as little as possible. Issues such as early registration with the GP and other necessary registrations - i.e local authority/nursery are key priorities for me.
Would you be so kind and let me know what documents I have to have if I want to impress landlords. Thanks a lot in advance.
OK Nomad. I will work on this and reply soon. Tomorrow at the latest.
 

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Dear Tada
Thank you very much for your response and advice. Answering to your both posts. In fact I do not want to settle in Paris at all, but in quiet suburbs. What was putting me off from FUSAC was that there are usually very few adverts from suburbs. Ideally I would like to rent a 2 bedroom apartment in zones 3-4 preferably on RER A no more than 45 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Etoile. If that is not possible. I would consider other options. The priority for me is to keep my family ( 2 small kids - 2 and 4 years old) at the temp accommodation as little as possible. Issues such as early registration with the GP and other necessary registrations - i.e local authority/nursery are key priorities for me.
Would you be so kind and let me know what documents I have to have if I want to impress landlords. Thanks a lot in advance.
Hi Nomad,
Here is what I read on the internet:

The landlord is able to request that you produce certain documentation as part of the vetting process for an annual tenancy, although the list of documents is severely prescribed.

Those documents which the landlord is entitled to ask for and see are:

Last three months salary/pension slips
Rental payment receipts from last rental property (if relevant)
Income tax declaration
Employment contract
Previous address, and employer details

The landlord is not entitled to ask for bank statements or marriage contract, medical certificate.


You may well be asked to supply references, particularly if you are already in rental accommodation.
I think that if you can bring letters of recommendation it will also sound good. Try to have ALL docs translated in French prior to coming to France. It's easy to find translating agencies online. Just check their credentials to make sure they are registered translators.
My brother is trying to sell his 2/3 bedroom appartment in 78180 MONTIGNY-LE-BRETONNEUX (line C of RER). I just emailed him about you and asked if he would consider renting. Do some research on that area and tell me if that would not be too far.
Will check on you tomorrow again. Also, get in touch with this organization:
- France-Amerique ([email protected] )
- Sisters City (each major city in the US has its French Sister City in France. These people love to help out American coming to France)
Good luck!
 

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Hi Bev and Nomad,

I have to say that Bev is full of fantastic ideas and resources. I live in the US now but I had to rent 2 appartment when I lived in Paris. That's where I draw my advice from. I hope you can interact with as many English expats as possible as soon as you arrive, in order to have a large amount of friends who can help you out find a British landlord as Bev says.

Look into British-French Sister City associations too. And Rotary clubs are big in France. They can become an instant network.

Also, " Inlingua" is a language education franchise. They hire native speakers and can be a good place to place to contact about being British and looking for a English speaking landlord. I worked for them in 2 cities and I loved the multi cultural atmosphere. Teachers are foreigners and many of them have gone through the hassle you are going through. Look them up and give them a call. Tell them an ex teacher recommended them as a palce to ask advice from British teachers.
 
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