|INTERESTED IN BOOKING A UNIT (terms and conditions)|
only valid for direct tenants and clients
If you are a Lodgis or Paris Attitude client or any other agency client and have booked our appartment via them, please refer to the contract YOUR
AGENCY has drawn up as those are the terms applicable to you.
|Online or Viewing
Pictures vs reality
|Over time we have specialised and now we most accommodate only students and offer rooms in flatshares to students who are here in Paris for their
year abroad or are in universities in France who have an exchange programme.
Most of our bookings are done in advance and without any apartment viewing or visits as most of the students live and come from abroad. We give
special priority to any students who are from ULIP or on the British Council, sciences po etc programme (given as example but cannot mention every uni
who have mentioned us) Any school accomodation ser of any school that mentions us favourably on their website. If your school or uni or language
department has mentioned us If that is the case please always mention your university when you email or send me also a cut and paste link where
your uni has recommended us in which case I will favour you in terms of dates and availabilities and give your preference over allocation of rooms and
apartments. Apart from a few studios the bulk of our apartments are offered as flatshares; If you have NEVER lived in a student flatshare you might
find this cautionary note useful.
Kindly note the pictures on the website are taken when the apartment has NO TENANTS living in there. However if you move in with other flatmates you
have to imagine what it will look like once the lived-in factor comes in; how neat or clean the apartment is or how cluttered or not depends on the current
set in place. If you suffer from any phobias or have manic cleanliness requirements perhaps you should reconsider being in a flatshare with students.
The students organise the cleaning amongst themselves and in general we do not interfere. The pictures are put in good faith and are definitely REAL.
Viewing of rooms or apartments when necessary is organized by putting you in touch with the current tenant; WE have NO EMPLOYEES - We are the
direct owners and do not have any agency . We accommodate 300 students per year and have been renting for the past 15 years; the website
www.centralparisrentals.com is over FOURTEEN years ago. We do not spend on marketing our apartments - we are recommended by our current
tenants, several schools and generally have a lot of ear-to mouth repeat business. We personally meet all our tenants and all our tenants come to our
home when they need signatures; attestations etc; we are a husband and wife team and basically a small family business we started from scratch 15
|There is a one-off booking charge of 50 euros to process any contract, this covers the arrival costs and setting up of the contract and billing and
accounting. One third of the monthly rent is required to be wired to our account in France in order to seal the booking from both sides. If the arrival is
during the summer or within 2 weeks the full deposit and rent will also be required. Deposit is maximum one month
We will send the bank coordinates and information to you by email. The bank-to-bank transfer is the safest method of transfer as your banker can check
the credentials of the account you are wiring to. This is an advance on rent - it is not lost nor is it a booking fee - it is credited to you as deposit received
for the first month. The rest of the deposit and rent is expected on the first day or your arrival at the apartment.
In case you want to book an apartment or room, please send the following information as a first step: name, address your phone your parents phone -
your date of birth, nationality, email and your phone, name of institution and address of where you will be studying or working
There is a surcharge of 50 euros if there is any departure or arrival on a Sunday or a public holiday (ex: May 31st, Jan 1st). If there is any change of
room, even within the flat or within the building, there will be a charge of 30 euros.
PS : even if you are a major we still need some number in case of a medical emergency or something.
PS 2 : whether you book our apartment or not I would advise you not to send money in any other manner. I have had tenants who have come to me after
being scammed first by people who said they were renting for their aunt and money was sent to London or Africa because so called missionary there
etc etc, Beware of all these stories.
||French/English model of contract
There will be a one off charge of 30 euros for every new contract, including contracts where tenants change rooms in the same flat; these fees cover
contract, provision of documents to open a bank account or other purposes, administrative costs, billing and arrival procedure.
Due to recent changes in legislation the contract I will offer is a standard student contract of 9 months. If you wish to leave earlier you may inform me of
that date and I will acknowledge the departure date and notice received.
There are two kinds of contracts if you choose to be in a shared apartment. Either a joint contract with other flatmates where each of you have a room
and you have the same departure date and arrival date - Any departure notice given by one student applies to every occupant and the contract becomes
nul and void; Any member of your group leaving means you are responsible to find the replacement; All members are responsible for each other's rent ie
in case one person does not pay the others have to pool in. In this set up I have to give you notice before entering your apartment and we generally do
unless there is a repair required or some plumbing or crucial electricity or emergency in which case where possible an email will be sent as soon as we
The other kind is an individual contract where there is only ONE name on the contract. In this set up you will be sharing the kitchen or bathroom with
another person or persons depending on how big the apartment is and you may give individual notice and are only responsible for your rent. If the other
room becomes vacant you need not bother finding a replacement; On the other hand you have no say in who the other occupant will be. There is no
guarantee that it will be a male or female or what nationality. However 90% of our tenants tend to be British students aged between 18 to 24 years from
British and Irish Unis or students on their year abroad. In this set up if and when a room is empty we may conduct visits and put anyone without
informing you. In general once the contract is signed with the new person and sometimes even prior I inform you; Where possible and in case of rare
viewings I ask you for feedback on the new comer.
In both cases CAF or APL is accepted is not impacted in any way. The Caisse des allocations accepts both contracts. Each and every room and
apartment is eligible for CAF. Then it is upto your own earnings and individual case. On average students get 120 euros per month but we have known
cases where they have obtained 80 or 240. You should however be able to finance your rent without relying on CAF. We prefer CAF to go to your
account rather than ours.
Over and above what is mentioned in the contract please note that we provide COMPLEMENTARY use of internet - cable TV - electrical
appliances - telephone subscriptions in GOOD FAITH. There wil be no refund if your internet does not work. There is no reason why it
should not work in general and most of our internet is fibre enabled and definitely all of it the best available broadband offers on the
We provide a valid subscription and connection for internet - cable tv and Phone - this is provided in good faith and is complementary. But
that is all that we can offer you. We can give you some tips in English and provide some help over the phone but that is all.
We do not however guarantee anything in terms of internet - cable tv and phone services - except a valid subscription to France
telecom/Orange or Darty or Free who are our service providers. We think they are the best on the market and have chosen them.
However ANY malfunctioning Internet, cable TV or Phone will not result in any decrease in rent nor refund nor any impact on rent. Also
note that we do not provide any technical assistance and are not qualified specialists. Our operators have a paid service that you can call
on for help.
see Internet help below.
|When is Rent Due - On the 1st of every month - You must be willing to pay by BANK TRANSFER - You have to bring a cheque to our residence or do a
bank transfer. Under exceptional circumstances and only if we judge that there is no other way we may accept cash. There will be a surcharge of 50
euros for every payment of cash; You get it we don't like or want cash. Note that in Paris there are often thefts in metros and in your interest we would
advise you to not move around with cash in your pocket.
When is Deposit Returned - upon departure - in general a few days after your departure by bank transfer, but it can take up to 2 weeks, especially in
summer or during Christmas holidays. In France the landlord may take upto one month.
THE DEPOSIT CAN NOT BE USED TO PAY THE LAST MONTH'S RENT
It will only be returned once you have vacated the apartment, returned it in a reasonable state (see sections on cleaning and bulbs below) as well as
|It is a legal obligation in France for every tenant to get housing insurance: assurance habitation which will insure their personal belongings as well as the
apartment itself. You can purchase it at any insurance company or bank and maybe through your university if you are a student. These packages are
quite cheap for students under 25 euros. Please be aware that the assurance habitation must be obtained from a company based in France, and that
UK student insurance only cover your belongings but not the apartment and are therefore not considered as a valid 'assurance habitation'. Our
accountant will ask you to send him the proof of your insurance. If you are not ensured, you will be held liable for all damages caused in your apartment
(for example replacing the apartment door and lock if it has been broken, or redoing the painting or floor if there has been a leak) or in your neighbours'
apartment (if the cause of the damages lies in your apartment). PLEASE TAKE THIS MATTER VERY SERIOUSLY. Ideally you should have it on the
day you move in, in the worse case you should have it one or two weeks at the latest after moving in and send the proof to our accountant
|Internet + TV + phone :
- we guarantee that there is a subscription for Internet connection, telephone, TV for the apartment, with a well known operator (with a hot line), and that
we pay for the subscription
- we are not responsible for disruption of service for whatever reason, and we do not guarantee the tenant against it
- in case of disruption of service, the tenant should call the hotline (with the information on contract that are provided by us)
- in case the hotline is only in French and the tenant does not speak French we can assist them
Washing machine and other appliances :
We put new machines in the apartment with a 5 year warranty; in case of a problem the tenant must call the technician and organize an appointment
(usually between Monday and Saturday, on a morning slot : 8 am to 1 pm or afternoon slot : noon to 7 pm); if you do not speak French well enough to
make such a call in French, we can make it for you, but in order to do so we need time slots from you for the next 2 weeks before we can make a call
and set up an appointment with a technician. In no way can we be held responsible for the problems encountered or the time wasted.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT PROVIDE SERVICED APARTMENTS OR HOTEL TYPE SERVICES. TENANTS RENTING OUR APPTS SHOULD
BE CAPABLE OF MAKING CALLS TO DARTY ETC IN CASE OF REPAIR REQUIRED FOR ANY APPLIANCE UNDER GUARANTEE, CHANGE
BULBS, LOOK UP INSTRUCTION MANUALS IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ON HOW TO USE THE WASHING MACHINE ETC, CLEAN THE APARTMENT
REGULARLY AND GENERALLY BE DEBROUILLARDE ie BE RESOURCEFUL AND MATURE.
Bulbs : Tenants should change bulbs in the apartment themselves - Tenants have to pay for these.
Other problems (electricity, plumbing) : we guarantee to quickly react to problems mentioned by tenants, with the help of our electricians / plumbers
/ other specialists; the tenant will let these specialists come to their apartment; we do have a spare key of the apartment in order to be able to let
specialists go in and fix problems in case of emergency
Insects including bedbugs / mice / other animals :
we guarantee that we subscribe to contracts with pest control companies against mice ..., but are not responsible in case some of these animals are
found in the apartments. We will react to problems by providing products to keep them away or to catch them and by asking our contractors to come
again to the building. In Paris it is possible that there are mosquitoes, mice (in basically all old buildgs), fireflies... In particular, there are apparently
more bedbugs in Paris now, they can hide in your pocket or on your collar when you are at a movie theater, and then when you are back in your room,
and they will infest your mattress and bite you at night, and infest the whole apartment and your roommates' bedrooms as well; it is important to quickly
react, we can help you get the right products, but it must be clear it will be your responsibility to get rid of them, and this implies a thorough process of
spraying and fumigating the whole apartmen; the mattresses will not have to be changed, but thoroughly sprayed
CLEANING in flatshares with no joint contract: we aim at ensuring the apartment will be clean when you arrive, that is why there is an initial cleaning
charge which will allow to clean up your bedroom as well as all the common areas in the apartment (kitchen, living room, bathrooms), based on the
assumption the bedroom and the common areas are in a reasonable state; if the common areas are in a very dirty state before a tenant arrives, the
extra cleaning cost (as an addition to the standard cost corresponding to the initial cleaning charge) will be split between the tenant who just left and the
tenants staying in the other bedrooms; if the bedroom is left in a very dirty state, the tenant who has left will be charged with the extra cost; when
performing the cleaning, our team will also replace all faulty bulbs, the cost of which will be charged to the tenant who just left and the tenants staying in
the other bedrooms, see below the BULBS section
CLEANING in flats with a joint contract: the same principles as above apply, except the initial cleaning charge will be applied to the joint contract and
its amount will therefore be different; in the exceptional case where there is an individual change during the contract, then an individual cleaning charge
will be applied to the new tenant in order to ensure the return of the deposit of the departing tenant
BULBS: it is our tenants' responsibility to change the bulbs (this is also an incentive not to leave the lights on all day long), in case they can not do it
they can ask us by email, we'll send someone and will charge our tenant at cost; when a tenant leaves an apartment, he must make sure all the bulbs
are working (and share the cost with his/her flatmates for the lights in the common areas in a flatshare), otherwise the cost will be charged to him (for
the lights in his/her bedroom) or to all flatmates for lights in common areas
||As per contract
||Visas - we cannot help with that sorry
Pets - Sorry no pets
Can I prolong my stay - If i do not have a booking already - then yes -prorata rent
Can I shorten my stay once booked - No - as a rule No but depends on the circumstances. If your contract's duration is 4 months or more, one month's
notice is required. If your contract's duration is less than 4 months, we can not shorten the duration of the contract, and you must pay the rent till the
end of the original contract, unless you or we find a replacement till the end of your original contract.