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: Fusac, Craigslist, Leboncoin, notice-board ads at American Church, Shakespeare & Company and flatshares and foyers (halls of residence) at Appartager and CLJT.
by Naomi Firsht