House-sharing guide

How does it work ?

It is sometimes difficult for someone, whether he or she is a student or worker, to rent a property when he or she cannot show proof of stable income. Colocatère puts everything in place to make the task easy for you and allow everyone to live where they feel at home.

What are the steps to follow to become a housemate ? What are the steps to receive housing assistance ? What share of the rent and charges am I responsible for ? What happens if someone damages a shared area ?

You will find all the answers to the frequently asked questions here.

The Colocatère lease is different from the traditional leasing agreement to the extent that the private and communal areas are differentiated.

The deposit amount depends on the rented property and generally corresponds to one month's rent excluding charges. This amount is designed to pay for possible damages caused by the tenant in their private area.


Each tenant is only responsible for his or her rent and the charges established in the lease. If a tenant leaves during the year and there is one or several free rooms, this will not be taken into account in the remaining tenants' rents.

The private area are the bedroom as well as the bathroom of the tenant. He or she is the only one with the key and the only one responsible for damages to this area.

When the shared area is damaged by the housemates, the amount for repairs is shared and each one pays proportionally. If, for example, the lounge TV is broken in a five-bedroom house occupied by 5 housemates, each will pay 1/5 of the cost for replacing the TV. However, if a housemate is responsible for the destruction of the TV and he or she comes forward to pay all of the replacement costs, the other housemates will not have their deposit debited.

All our bedrooms are eligible for housing assistance. As the lease is single with no collective deposit, each tenant has the right to claim assistance at the maximum ceiling, just like with the rental of a furnished bedroom or a studio. To request housing assistance, please contact us to receive the document filled by Colocatere. To make your request, you have the possibility to send this document by internet on http://www.caf.fr or by post.

The shared area corresponds to everything that is not the private area namely : the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, the laundry room, shared toilets, the garden, etc... All the housemates are responsible for this area.

Damage caused by a disaster (water damage, etc.) is covered either by the tenant's insurance the owner's depending on the nature of the damage caused.

When properties are rented furnished, the length of the lease is one year. The housemate or the lessor can terminate the lease at any time by notifying the other party by registered post with recorded delivery at least 1 month before the termination date. If nobody comes forward before the lease renewal date, it is tacitly renewed.

This is why each housemate, by means of rules of procedure you can find in the booking file received before the rental and displayed in each house, commits to using the property as a reasonable person and to not damaging a shared asset or one belonging to him or her deliberately.

Payments include 2 things: rent and charges. This includes :

  • Energy bills: gas, electricity and water
  • Internet TV and telephone subscription
  • The domestic waste tax and boiler maintenance, if the house has one.

The payment of charges may lead to an adjustment if the consumption is too high or if, conversely, the provisions are too high. The adjustment is done on the basis of meter readings upon the tenant's arrival and departure.

Depending on the tenants in place, a student who rents a room for €500 per month inclusive of charges, with no dependants, no job, no assistance or income, may benefit from a monthly allocation of approximately €90, bringing the net monthly rent down to €410.

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