CO-RENTING

Rubrique : HOUSING IN NICE

What are your rights and duties for renting, co-renting... it is all under this heading

Co-renting
If you are not opposed to sharing the fridge (empty) and the bathroom (a mess), you may like co-renting... but since forewarned is forearmed, you should know that the legal status for this type of rental is particular.

Although co-renting is fashionable – it is the best way to find a large apartment on a small budget, it is nonetheless sometimes difficult : think before you act

Legally :

All co-renters are interdependent with regards to paying the rent. This means that if one of them stops paying their share the owner may require that the others to pay more to obtain the full rent.

Also, if one of the co-renters leaves the apartment, he will be committed to the others until the end of the contract.

Lastly, the lease termination letter is only valid if signed by all co-renters.

So it is better to share an apartment with co-renters that you trust implicitly.

Find a co-rental :
These sites are specialized in co-renting, you will find your nest to share !
http://www.appartager.fr/t_blank http://www.kel-koloc.com/homepage.php
http://www.e-cologis.com/t_blank http://www.recherche-colocation.com...

These sites are specialized in co-renting, you will find your nest to share ! Sub-letting, what dangers ?

You want to rent a housing unit for a few months for an internship or you are going to study abroad for a few months and don’t want to pay your rent ?

Sub-letting may be for you... Although often offered, sub-letting is theoretically prohibited. It is only possible with the owner’s permission or if a provision in the lease agreement allows it.

Legal Framework
Law no. 89-462 dated July 6th, 1989 improving rental relationships : Article 8 - Renters may not transfer the rental agreement or sub-let the housing unit without the owner’s written permission, including with regards to the rental price. The rental price expressed per square meter of habitable area shall not exceed the rent paid by the primary renter.

Lease Agreement
Generally lease agreements include provisions prohibiting sub-letting. In order to sub-let a housing unit, renters must submit a request in writing to the owner (registered letter, return receipt requested) or have them notified by bailiff. Owners may freely refuse the request and dismiss renters who do not abide by their decision.

Sub-letting is a contract between the renter and the sub-letter. A written document is not mandatory, but recommended.

When sub-letting, renters must take out a “sub-letter claims” policy from their insurance company and sub-letters, in addition to their insurance for the property and civil liability, must take out a personal rental risk and neighbor claims policy.

Disadvantages
Even if it is often difficult for an owner to distinguish between providing accommodations for friends and sub-letting, clandestine sub-letting has some disadvantages :

- Sub-letters do not have a lease agreement or rent pay stub, and so may not benefit from housing assistance (CAF benefits, Loca-Pass, etc).
- Renters have no recourse against sub-letters if they do not pay the rent.
- Owners who have not been informed of the sub-letting arrangement may refuse to renew the lease agreement without prior notice.

Housing for Services
You are familiar with the system of au pair students who receive room and board and even a little pay for services (baby-sitting, house cleaning etc.). Recently, this housing formula for services has been expanding to a larger audience. However, be careful ! There is no law governing this type of housing. So you must be careful...

Some Advice :
You should know that a room is worth about 10 to 15 hours of work a week. Beyond this number of hours, you should be paid.
Ideally, you should sign a work contract defining the number of hours worked, the employer’s responsibility for accidents, etc.
Before accepting housing for services, we recommend you clarify as much as possible the rights and obligations of those involved :

- Define the services you will provide.
- Define the common living arrangement : times, sharing common areas, receiving visitors, etc.
- Define the terms for sharing rental expenses (telephone, water, electricity).
- Settle insurance issues
To favor inter-generational housing, the Ministry for the Elderly has drafted a “One Roof, Two Generations” charter http://www.personnes-agees.gouv.fr/...