House-sharing guide

How it works ?

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 benefit ? 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 in that private and shared areas are differentiated.

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

Important

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, the tenants' rent inclusive of charges.

The private area is the bedroom as well as the bathroom of the tenant. He or she is the only one with the key to this area 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 benefit. As the lease is single with no collective deposit, each tenant has the right to claim benefits at the maximum ceiling, just like with the rental of a furnished bedroom or a studio. To request housing benefit, fill in your housing benefit request online or download the form and send it to your CAF (Caisse d'Allocations Familiales - Benefits office) 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 or by that of the owner 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, via rules of procedure added to his or her lease, 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 the maintenance of the boiler, 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 benefits or income, may benefit from a monthly allocation of approximately €170, bringing the net monthly rent down to €370.