We just spent all day in Chambéry looking at apartments, and I think we’ve finally found one. We’re going to call the agence in the morning and head back to Chambé tomorrow to turn in our dossier (i.e. mountain of paperwork). If for some reason we don’t get it, we do have 2 alternate apartments in mind, one of which we know no one else currently wants. So I think the search is almost over. I still have no idea what day we would be moving though. And then we’ve got to get the electricity/water/internet set up and buy appliances (French kitchens rarely come with an oven or fridge… or even cupboards…)
So what does a dossier involve? Originals and photocopies of:
– ID cards (and student ID, if applicable)
– last 3 bulletins de salaires
– work contracts specifying type and length as well as date of hire
– last 2 tax returns
– last electricity bill (the infamous facture EDF)
– last 3 quittances de loyer (or Taxe Foncière if you currently own instead of rent)
– proof of insurance Multirisque Habitation
– last attestation d’Allocations familiales
Of course, you also need ALL of this same paperwork for the garant/cautionnaire (co-signer), who should be a family member. And if you have no family in France, you’re screwed. It’s not impossible to rent an apartment in France without a French garant, but it makes it much harder.
Hopefully I will have good news to report soon. Wish us luck!