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Apartments’ booking in Paris: when and how to start?

You’re looking for an apartment in Paris and would like more detailed information on the good instincts to have in order to book your dream apartment before you arrive? Lodgis explains everything about furnished rentals’ bookings in Paris and gives you tips to make your project concrete and travel with total peace of mind in this post.

Find the middle ground

Most people think they need to start looking for the ideal apartment way before their arrival to make sure they will secure it. This is a total misconception.
Suffice it to say that between your wish, the others’ and the situation, you will need a lot of patience and focus on finding the middle ground.
This is why we think establishing initial contact with the agency’s booking service at first between 2 and 4 months before your arrival is a reasonable period to get an idea of the process and maybe already find something available. Moreover, it will allow you to speak to your consultant directly and ask them about the documents you will need as well as the availability of the apartment you’d possibly like to book during your stay.

Smart reading of the availability’s calendar

We recommend that you keep an eye on the calendar which is located below the apartments’ description of your choice. When the apartment is available, the dates are grey whereas the ones indicating the apartment is already occupied by another tenant are orange.
If you would like to book this apartment a short time after it became available you have good chances to obtain what you want. Indeed, the owners like to be able to rent out their properties right after the former tenants left.
Lodgis Tip:

Please note that the tenants occupying the apartment have priority and thus can decide to extend their stay

Using the e-mail alert

If you still didn’t get a positive answer, your best ally is the e-mail alert. You only need to click on the section “e-mail alert” and to fill out the form with your criteria which will allow you to receive available apartments’ advertising corresponding to your needs.
Lodgis Tip:

Be careful while listing your criteria in the form. If they are very detailed and specific, you are risking to receive very few alerts or even none. On a larger perspective, in order to receive more alerts, the best you can do is to provide the essential criteria! For example, give priority to the apartment type and location (surface area, arrondissement, dates of stay) and avoid asking for services that aren't very common in Parisian dwellings such as the AC.

Arm yourself with patience

Apartments’ hunting can be very difficult and unpredictable. Everything is possible: the worst and the best. However, it also means opportunities aren’t missing and sometimes even at the last minute the ideal apartment becomes available or a new furnished rental is launched on our website.
Don’t forget some seasons are more required than others, such as short and long-term rentals starting in September (school beginning), or short-term rental which tend to start in July and December. We recommend that you think of starting your apartment’s hunt at the right time, that is to say 4 months minimum before your arrival! So think of asking your questions to your consultant during your first conversation and to stay confident while looking for an apartment.

We hope this post on apartments’ booking in Paris helped you and that you will find your rare gem with Lodgis.

Booking a flat also means taking an insurance, for those who would like to have further information on how to get an insurance in Paris, we recommend that they read our post “do you need insurance to rent a furnished or unfurnished property in France?”.
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