When you’re seeking to rent an apartment, it’s almost always asked of you to have a guarantor, that’s to say a person who would be ready to pay your rent if you fail to pay them yourself. A sort of guardian angel of some kind, basically!
Owners require guarantors to protect themselves from tenants who don’t pay rent and who turn out being difficult to expel.
What can I do if I don’t have a guarantor?
In your case, dear foreign student, having a guarantor on french soil is evidently unusual. This makes formalities more complicated for you and handicaps you in your rental application.
Even if you don’t have a guarantor in France, don’t despair! Studapart, in partnership with Allianz, can vouch for you during your stay in France.
For that guarantee to be effective, you have to:
be admitted in one of our partner schools or universities and have uploaded your admission certificate and ID on the platform
finalize your online remote reservation through the platform
How can I reassure the owner?
Lessors have a natural inclination to not trust their tenant right away: he often has a history of bad experiences with tenants who didn’t pay rent or who severely damaged the place. The phase of looking for the tenant who will occupy his property is also very stressful on his side: he must pick the right candidate, otherwise he will face trouble over the entire duration of his stay.
It doesn’t get better with foreign students. It might sound a bit unfair, but the owner will probably be inclined to having reservations about you. But he isn’t of ill will either and he wants things to go well, just like you.
At Studapart, we created a community of lessors and tenants who get along well, at last! Communication is key in order for that to work. Despite your differences in age and culture, you and your lessor have to take steps towards each other. Why not take the first one?
There are several little extras you can have for your lessor and that will set up the basis of a friendly relationship, such as:
being polite, courteous, accommodating and nice
present yourself clearly and go beyond basic formalities. You can explain him why you came to France and what are your goals as part of your stay in France
translate your written interactions if you have the chance to
tell him what you like about his place
Why not send your lessor an e-mail, or slide a letter in your rental application file, in which you explain who you are, what you like, and why you are coming to France? He’ll be grateful for the effort!