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Hello everyone,

I am in Paris now have been here for 48hours. First stayed in the 11emm on a rooftop attic where my over 6'3" tall husband banged his head and was walking like a hobbit the entire time. I booked this flat for our entire stay and had to phone the owner, for even I a mere 5'4" tall walked like a hobbit and banged my head waking up from our bed. Now staying in the 18eme which I must say reminds me of certain places in South America.

I digress, for a few months I've had contact with four different letting agents that seemed to be really inspired to assist me in finding our next home.

They all know that I am here as I have been on top of communication for months up to this very moment.

I emailed each one, waited for a response, and then phoned once this morning and once this afternoon, left messages with my Paris number, and have not received any responses back.

Okay, it sound rather micro managing, but, I had no choice really, it was either rent sight unseen or fly here see and rent what looked livable.

We are here for only a week and I am think we have to be here longer, however, family, work and other aspects of our life are a bit on a work-holiday right now and will have to return within a week.

I have lived in South American countries for over 5 years and understand how certain flows work and don't work with people, specialized services.

Must say, I feel as if I am dragging a rather overweight luggage up too many flights of stairs with this one.

Can anyone please suggest a letting agent that responses and understands the dynamics of working with expats?

Thanks for reading my rant as I am sure you shall see more rants from me in the future as it is a thing I do.

Merci!:mad:
 

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Are you looking for short-term holiday accommodation or a longer-term residential place?

Still, rental agents here in France don't seem to respond terribly well to e-mail. The surest way to find a long-term place to live is to go to the agency in person and discuss your requirements.
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Letting Agents in Paris

Are you looking for short-term holiday accommodation or a longer-term residential place?

Still, rental agents here in France don't seem to respond terribly well to e-mail. The surest way to find a long-term place to live is to go to the agency in person and discuss your requirements.
Cheers,
Bev
Yesterday we decided to just drop by two of the 5 letting agents I've been in contact with. The first one happened to be there and was accommodating, she contacted the owner of the apartment we wanted to look at and found out that their current tenant may renew for another year. If she had done that anytime after she received my email in regards to our interest we could have eliminated that option right away. I know, things move differently here.

Quite alright and don't' have any interest in rocking the boat.

Is there anyway I could just get a hold of the owner's myself? There are 5 apartments that we happen to like and want to have a look at, but she said that she can only show me one and that she can not provide the street of where the others are.

I totally understand the necessities of commission based jobs, but at least try to work with us. We aren't looking at student priced houses, more like small family home prices and are very open to spending what we need to find a home that is more comfortable for us.

Are there any tips you could possibly give me that would help? How would I find an apartment for rent's address and owner information? Is that listed anywhere online?

Thanks again for your help and I really appreciate your response to me:)
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If you want to go through the owner directly, you can use PAP IMMOBILIER - Annonces immobilières | De Particulier à Particulier - PAP or other publications for renting direct. The disadvantage is that most folks who rent this way will probably insist on the standard credit check - i.e. three past pay slips from France and a French bank account they can tap directly.

The agents won't "work with you" on helping you contact the owners directly because there aren't usually "exclusives" on rental properties, and going directly to the owner means you're simply avoiding the agent's fee altogether.
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not an agent

Best options are furnished or semi furnished flats with some specialised agencies and clasiffieds ; le bon coin, vivastreet and the best pap.fr (Bev mentionned it).

Internt search is your best bet.

Agents are known to be incompetent or crooks, or both.
 
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