Paying your rent
At what time should I pay rent?
Terms of payment are laid down in your lease agreement. In general, the rent is paid every month, but you can agree on a different periodicity, such as quarterly payment for instance.
Must I pay several months in advance?
Private landlords don’t have the right to demand more than 2 months’ rent advance in payment. Yet, it happens quite frequently that they ask that from international students. You don’t have to accept it! And either way, the Studapart guarantee makes it possible to limit any reservations the lessor might have about you, so they wouldn’t normally ask you to pay 2 months in advance.
How should I pay the rent?
It’s up to you. You can pay by cheque, transfer, direct debit or cash if your rent is less than €1000. Your lessor isn’t allowed to impose a method of payment on you.
If your landlord explicitly asks you to pay rent in cash, it’s probably because he doesn’t declare that he has a tenant. Which jeopardizes a number of terms in your lease agreement: he can’t ask you to pay service charges if he doesn’t receive them himself. Beware of this kind of practices and as far as possible, avoid signing a lease agreement under these terms. Like stated above: your landlord doesn’t have the right to impose a method of payment on you.
What should I’m late on payment?
You should avoid finding yourself in this position as much as possible, but it can happen. If you have a delay in payment, don’t put your head in the sand! The first thing to do is to reach out in good faith to your landlord to apologize and explain that you intend to pay as soon as possible. It’s important that it doesn’t tarnish your relationship. Not only is being in bad terms with your landlord unpleasant, it can also have consequences on the refund of your security deposit. Oh and of course… pay your rent ASAP!
What are the consequences if I don’t pay rent?
It seems pretty obvious, but you can’t be exempted from paying rent, for any reason whatsoever. Even if you feel like your landlord doesn’t meet his obligations (for instance, if he doesn’t get renovations done), it’s no use protest by not paying rent, it will always backfire on you.
If you stop paying rent, your lessor is going to start by reminding it to you, and will then send you a formal notice. If the CAF transfers housing allowance to your account, they’ll start sending it directly to your landlord instead. The landlord can call on a bailiff that’s going to order you to pay your rent in a 2 months delay, past which he can declare revocation of the lease agreement. If your landlord decides to take legal action, you can be expelled from the dwelling.
Simply put: not paying rent is never a good idea.
Is the landlord going to give me a rent receipt?
The rent receipt is a document attesting that you paid rent during a specified period. It’s pretty much like a regular bill. This document can be of use in various administrative procedures and may be requested by the CAF.
Your landlord isn’t required by law to send it to you spontaneously, but you can certainly contact him to ask it from him - tenants virtually always do that, so he’ll know what you’re talking about. Explain to him that you need it for various formalities, and he’ll normally have no problem meeting your demand.