Looking to finally go on that trip to Paris you’ve been planning for all year? There are plenty of attractions in Paris, and it might take you quite a bit of time to see and do everything. For this reason, you would do well to go with a short term rental apartment than a hotel. These apartments have furnished accommodations with internet and close proximity to popular sites. Below is a guide on how to find short term apartments for rent in Paris, France.
- Understand the Law
The rental law in Paris is such that private apartments cannot be rented for less than a year. Therefore, your host needs a commercial license to be able to rent out their apartment. This rule is often flouted, and you will find plenty of short-term rentals on sites such as Airbnb. Should you have any concerns, make sure to raise it with the host.
This should only worry you if you’re dealing with an individual. Most companies in the apartment rental business have the requisite licenses to rent out their apartments for short stays.
- Select a Location
Where in Paris would you like to stay? Paris has 20 main districts referred to as “arrondissements”. Get familiar with a map that shows all the attractions in the city and its neighborhoods. Paris apartments are usually listed according to their arrondissements.
You can use websites such as Airbnb, Roomorama and HomeAway to get a short term rental that checks all the right boxes for you. Check out the amenities available and what is included in the package. There are tons of other websites where you can get information on rentals in Paris.
If want to enjoy the Paris scenery, focus on apartments near the Metro Stops or the Seine River. Here, you will be able to enjoy serene walks during the evenings next to the river that bisects Paris. A Metro Stop will help you get around town if you don’t want to walk.
Don’t just accept the quoted price as final. There is always room for negotiation. If the host won’t budge on the price, ask them to throw in an extra day at half price. If you know for sure that the property is not booked during a certain period, this strategy can work very well. Ask the host if the property has excessive stairs. If so, find out if there’s an elevator. You don’t want to be running up and down an endless flight of stairs to access the apartment. If you do choose to go with such a property, use the lack of an elevator to bargain.
- Be Careful with Craigslist
There are tons of Paris rentals listed on Craigslist. However, you need to be careful not to get scammed. Unlike sites like Airbnb where you are protected, it’s all systems go on Craigslist and you never really know who you are dealing with. Avoid listing by owners and instead look out for properties listed by agents. This is because you can usually confirm the agent details online. You might also be able to get a few reviews. As a precaution, ask for as many photos as you can get and do not pay before you’ve seen the property physically.