Renting an apartment in France can be a nightmare for both professionals as well as students. Spotahome created a list of documents you might need to rent an apartment in France. Please note that different agencies and property managers might require additional details – especially for student tenants. When booking through Spotahome, please make sure you read the Landlord Policies section carefully. Most landlords require the deposit to be paid before you move in. Your landlord will contact you for more information.

Documents you need to rent an apartment in France as a professional:

  • ID or passport
  • Proof of income (3x higher than the rent and charges)
  • Last tax declaration
  • Residence permit (a provisional letter from your landlord or your university should work). 
  • Bank reference form (you must have a French bank account -read our article on how to open a bank account in Paris)

Documents you need to rent an apartment in France as a student:

  • A letter from your guarantor in French (parents etc.)
  • Guarantor information - ID photocopy
  • Employment contract photocopy
  • Last three payslips
  • ID or passport
  • Bank reference form (you must have a French bank account -read our article on how to open a bank account in Paris)

Spotahome tips for renting an apartment in France:

  • Rent through Spotahome to save time and nerves – you don’t even need to leave your room!
  • More paperwork is better than less.
  • Have several copies of everything.
  • Translate everything you can into French.
  • If possible, make sure your guarantor lives in France.
  • Ask your landlord for a quittance de loyer (monthly receipt to acknowledge payment of the rent).

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Documents you need to rent an apartment in France