Top ten tips: How to find an apartment in Paris

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Top ten tips: How to find an apartment in Paris
How to find a flat in Paris: Thomas Coex/AFP

Almost every expat who comes to Paris tells of the same woeful tale. Ridiculous paperwork, lack of apartments and unscrupulous landlords are just some of the reasons why finding a flat in the capital can be a nightmare. Here's some top tips to help ease the pain.


The Paris rental market is notoriously difficult, and even more so for expats.

Apartments disappear within minutes of being advertised and profiteering landlords will happily charge 600€/month for a 10m² hovel.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, problems occur that will put you at a disadvantage to the thousands of French people also desperately hunting for a flat, not least the fact that the majority of Paris landlords demand a France-based guarantor.

So to stop you ending up spending your gap year sleeping under a tree on the Champ de Mars, The Local has put together some top tips (11 in total) that should help get you ahead of the pack in your hunt for the perfect Paris pad.


The list is by no means exhaustive, so please let us know any recommendations you would make from your own experience flathunting in Paris.

The following are linksto some of the main onine listings for apartments: FusacCraigslistLeboncoin, notice-board ads at American ChurchShakespeare & Company and flatshares and foyers (halls of residence) at Appartager and CLJT.

by Naomi Firsht


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