The guarantor

When looking to rent a place, you're almost always asked to have a guarantor. A guarantor is someone who recognizes that you are reliable: it gives the landlord confidence. The guarantor is usually someone from your family or your close relatives. Sometimes, the guarantor can also be an organization. The guarantor's income must be 3 to 4 times higher than the rent, and landlords prefer guarantors who have their income domiciled in France as a matter of convenience. On these grounds, it can be quite tricky to find accommodation in France without having a french guarantor. 

What can I do if I don’t have a guarantor?

For an international student, having a guarantor on french soil is of course unusual. This makes formalities more complicated for you and might restrain you in your rental application

But don't worry! If you don't have a guarantor, Studapart can become your guarantor over the whole duration of your stay. Here's how. 

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  • If you're studying in one of Studapart's partner school or universities, go to your school's housing platform. 
  1. Complete your profile and your rental record: download your ID & your certificate of enrollment/admission in the school and specify if you have a french guarantor or not. 
  2. Find a place you're interested in and get in touch with the owner. 
  3. When a landlord sends you a booking proposal, he may choose to include the Studapart Guarantee in his proposal, in which case the Studapart Guarantees fees are be included in the booking fee. 
  4. As soon as the booking is completed, Studapart becomes your guarantor over the whole duration of your stay.  

You also have the option of getting the Studapart guarantee for all offers, independently of a single booking: 

  1. Go to the housing platform >> menu >> Studapart Guarantee
  2. Submit your request: simply follow the instructions on the page. 
  3. Once the guarantee is subscribed, a Guarantee Badge will appear on your profile and landlords will see you are covered by the Studapart Guarantee. They will be unable to request additional guarantees from you. 
  4. Studapart becomes your guarantor, but the guarantee isn't unique to Studapart landlords: you may widen your search! For this, you will receive a Guarantee certificate that will help you present a complete rental record to landlords, real estate agencies and student residences, on other housing websites or live with owners. 
  1. Complete your profile and your rental record: download your ID & your certificate of enrollment/admission in the school and specify if you have a french guarantor or not. 
  2. Find a place you're interested in and get in touch with the owner. 
  3. When a landlord sends you a booking proposal, he may choose to include the Studapart Guarantee in his proposal, in which case the Studapart Guarantees fees are be included in the booking fee. 
  4. As soon as the booking is completed, Studapart becomes your guarantor over the whole duration of your stay.  

How can I reassure the owner?

Looking for a tenant is stressful for a landlord too. His tenant has to be decent, otherwise he's exposed to problems during the rent. At Studapart, we created a community of lessors and tenants who get along well, at last! Communication is key 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? 

 

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There are several little acts of attention 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!