Rent prices in Paris soar in six months since rent caps were scrapped

In the first six months since rent caps in Paris were scrapped by a French court, more than half of all rents in France's capital have increased.

Rent prices in Paris soar in six months since rent caps were scrapped
More and more people are being priced out of Paris. Photo: AFP

These are the findings of France’s National Association for Consumer and User Protection (CLCV), who warn that the number of rent prices in compliance with their rates has also dropped by 13 percent in the last six months. 

Rent caps were brought in in 2015 but much to the shock of authorities in Paris, a court scrapped the caps in November 2017. 

Since then the CLCV have been monitoring rent prices in the capital and their findings are alarming for tenants. 

“Property owners have become overconfident, ” Jean-Yves Mano, president of the CLCV, told France Info.

“We’ve seen a significant average price increase of €1,530 per year and in some extreme cases in the 20th arrondissement more than €450 per month, which amounts to nearly €5,400 per year.”

Small flats and furnished properties have seen the biggest price hike.

“60 percent of small dwellings have rents above what should be the law.

“Paris residents who rent a furnished home are slapped with higher prices than those who don’t.”

The CLCV based their findings on over 1,000 real estate listings in the capital.

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According to the consumer protection body, more and more middle-class Parisians are being priced out of the city, namely students, single people and anyone in financial difficulties.

Properties rented through real estate agencies were 77 percent compliant with the rent cap in place. That figure is now down by 20 percent.

Nor does it seem that feasible to find a good deal by dealing directly with a Parisian landlord as less that 40 percent of privately rented out properties offer a compliant price.

Property search engines such as Le Bon Coin or Particulier à particulier also offer only 40 percent decent rental prices.

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New legislation known as the Elan law is to be debated soon in the French Senate, with the aim of implementing the “evolution of housing, development and digital technogy” in Paris.

“Unfortunately, the Elan law allows there to always be a five-year experimental period before normalising the rental market,” argued Jean-Yves Mano, president of the CLCV. 

“What’s going to happen during those five years? Rents will increase, once they’ve increased, it’ll be time to fix or control them. It’s all a little absurd.”

“We are asking for the application of rent control for all affected areas. It’s urgent to return to this system”

Back in November 2017, The French government and the mayor of Paris were left stunned by a Paris administrative court’s decision to cancel landmark rent controls implemented in the French capital back in August 2015.

The judge’s ruling effectively scrapped the regulation that banned landlords from setting rent prices more than 20 percent higher than the designated reference price for the neighbourhood when renting a flat for the first time or renewing a lease.

Paris City Hall feared it would lead rent prices – already high at the time – to soar as a result.

Those predictions seem to be coming true as Paris residents are forced to dig even deeper into their pockets to keep living in the capital.

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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