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How do I find accommodation as a young worker?

The French rental system is one of the most complicated in the world. Before you start looking for accommodation for young workers in the Paris region or elsewhere, it's imperative that you familiarize yourself with the country's legal rental system for young workers.

What's the difference between furnished and unfurnished accommodation?

It's essential to establish whether a property is furnished or unfurnished before renting it out. The distinction between furnished and unfurnished homes is based on the following elements:

  • The definition: the legal definition of a furnished property is one that includes bedding, a stove, kitchen utensils and equipment, a fridge, a freezer, storage shelves, tables and chairs, lights, etc.

  • Contract duration: for an unfurnished house, the contract duration is at least three years, but for a furnished house, the contract duration is one year. And as the minimum notice period is three months (3), the tenant can simply give notice to the landlord if he wants to move out within this period. However, with our services, you can rent a furnished property for a longer period.

Short- and long-term rentals for young workers

Furnished accommodation can be rented on a short-term basis. In fact, the legal duration authorizes short-term rentals. These are generally short-term rentals of less than a month or a few days.

Long-term leases are possible if you rent an unfurnished property, or if you rent a furnished property and constantly renew your lease with your landlord.

The documents required to sign a lease for a young worker are :

  • Identification: driver's license, passport or visa information.

  • Proof of professional activity: an employment contract, employer reference, declaration of professional activity if you own and run, or want to run, a business.

  • Proof of financial support: your last three pay slips, indicating whether the source of funding is your salary, pension or other benefit; previous tax returns or proof of a scholarship.

  • Rental references: if you have already rented in France, you will need to produce the last three rental receipts (if you have less than three, show them and explain why)...

The landlord must also provide you with an energy evaluation report, as well as a report on the risks or safety of the property.

Understanding the rules of renting for young workers

A rental agreement is a contract between a landlord and a tenant, in which the former agrees to rent his or her property to the latter for a set amount of money and a set period of time. As it is not a real estate sales contract, it can be authenticated by a third party (notary) or not. It must be signed no later than the first day of the rental period.

Lease renewal

Contract renewal is not billed only in the case of tacit renewal. In all other cases, the tenant must consult an advisor.

Property insurance

Landlords require tenants to take out home insurance as part of their contract to reduce the risk of water damage, property theft, fire and explosion. And, for as long as the tenant participates in the contract, this proof of insurance must be presented at the time of the first rent, and then every year after the policy is renewed.Because this is an obligation for the tenant, the landlord can also offer to pre-finance the purchase of the insurance contract, and be reimbursed by the tenant at a later date if he or she is not financially prepared to do so.If the tenant refuses to take out insurance, this may be considered a breach of contract, and the landlord may choose to terminate the lease.

Other rental charges

In the young worker rental contract, certain charges are not disclosed. For the sake of clarity, you should ask your landlord or his agent to include in the contract the taxes that each party must pay: property taxes, municipal taxes, utility taxes, common-area maintenance charges, etc.


APL stands for "aide personnalisée au logement" (personalized housing assistance). It's a subsidy that's available depending on your financial income from the previous year and your current employment situation, whether you're living in a young worker's apartment in 93, a young worker's apartment in 94 or wherever your young worker's apartment is located in Île-de-France. Based on these parameters, you can benefit from a reduction in your monthly rent. To receive this assistance, you need to submit your file to the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales.

A home for young workers

Wondering how to find accommodation when you're a young worker? We have an alternative to the classic rental. It's called a hostel for young workers.

It's a place where you can take advantage of a half-board and boarding system when renting accommodation. There's a hostel for young workers in the 91 département, another in the 95 département, a hostel for young workers in Bordeaux and several other départements.

To take advantage of these young workers' homes in the Paris region, you need to be aged between 16 and 30, and provide proof of employment, studies, family life or training.

Young workers, find accommodation with Colonies

Finding accommodation in France can be exhausting. After months of searching, you may still not have found the home of your dreams.

Say no to this pattern by turning to Colonies. We offer innovative, spacious homes to rent without breaking the bank. With fully equipped kitchens, huge living rooms and spacious dining rooms, not to mention a veranda or landscaped terrace, you'll feel right at home.

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