The past few days I’ve been browsing after an apartment/studio through the following sites pap.fr, seloger.fr, parisattitude, explorimmo, leparisien, century21 and a few others in order to find myself a home in Paris. First of all, renting through a private person is very difficult if it’s not someone you know, because otherwise they usually wants parental guarants and your parents has to be living in France. So for me, that is not an option. I’ve contacted my previous landlords in Paris but unfortunately their apartments are already rented out. The only option that is left is to rent through an agency. So I found an object, 25 sqm, clean and in good standard and my colleague at the office in Paris where I will be starting working contacted the agency on behalf of me. Everything went fine, she went and met the agency and also visited the apartment for me and took more photos that she sent me. Everything looked great (read CLEAN, which is almost my only requirement in Paris) so I told her I was interested to sign the contract.
No problem, it was possible to make a precaution and that she would sign the contract on behalf of me, so far so good. Now to the money, the rent for this 25 sqm apartment is 1100 € / month (incl. electricity), apart from the deposit of two months rent I need to pay an agency fee of 1 800 € and I also need to pay the rent for half of August (otherwise they would rent it to someone else….). So around 5 600 € in total, lots of money, but I would prefer having a home to move into, instead of moving to Paris and look for somewhere to rent when I just have started to work in September. Just the thought of moving around with all my things is just a nightmare, been there done that. I was ready to transfer the money and waited for the agency’s bank account nr when a problem occurred, the agency wouldn’t accept a transfer since it would be illegal for them to have the money before the contract was signed etc. They wanted me to write checks! Checks!!!!! I wanted to lay down and cry. France must be the only country in the world where they still use checks? I contacted my bank in Paris immediately to see if they could write the checks and if my collegue could pick them up if we wrote a precaution? I was lucky to catch my bankman, it was his last day before leaving for vaccation, but his answer was: No, not possible! I asked a second time and wondered what the alternative was? Through the answer of my bankman I understood I must have upset him. Service has never existed in his world….
If I want to have the apartment obviously I need to buy tickets to Paris for a day to visit my bank and write those checks. And just to complicate it even more, my bankman told me it would take at least 1 week before my checkbook arrives to their office. Great! (not)
To be continued….
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