Pieces for Pieces

After eighteen months above a bar that closes at 4am – we have finally grown sick, and very tired of being woken in the middle of the night by the occassional responsible drinker. So we have some six weeks remaining to find somewhere new to rent.

But one of the most annoying activities to have to engage in, in France, has to be moving house, or rather in our case – moving apartment. This is primarily because it is an extremely expensive activity.

For example, if you go to an estate agent, for your new home you’ll have to pay: the ‘Frais Agence’ or agency fee, which usually amounts to a month’s rent; two months deposit and the first month’s rent in advance. Meaning you’re looking at paying the equivalent of four-months rent before you’ve even moved in. [and if you can’t speak French don’t forget to factor in paying for a relocation agent too – approximately two months rent]

What is more your former landlord is not required to return your old deposit until up to two months after you’ve moved out of your old place! OUCH!

Of course all this assumes that you can actually prove to your potential new landlord that you are worthy of being their tennant. Meaning that in most cases you have to prove to them that you earn more than three times the rent on a monthly basis, [i.e. if the rent is €800, your payslips should show €2400 or more]. Simply saying “I’m good for it” won’t get you very far.

Needless to say – I’m now considering a career in real estate.

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