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Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)


You're certainly asking yourselves a lot of questions about how seasonal rentals work. Here's our Frequently Asked Questions section where you will most certainly find valuable help !

What are Seasonal rentals?


Until recently, when you owned an apartment in Paris – and if you didn’t use it as your main home – you basically had two options:


- Use it whenever you want and keep it uninhabited the rest of the time


- Rent it standard long-term (with a lower income due to limited rents in Paris, risk of non-payment, risk of having the apartment deteriorate)…


→ Seasonal Rentals are a 3rd option. They mean you can enjoy your apartment when you wish and offer it to seasonal renters when you don’t use it.

What are the advantages of Seasonal Rentals?


→ The possibility to use your apartment whenever you wish (read more below)


→ The certainty of being paid, because clients pay in full before arrival (vs. the risk of non payment with a long-term rental)


→ An appartment kept in excellent condition (by our team, because it is in our interest as much as yours)

How do Seasonal Rentals work, in practice?


Our company A La Carte Paris has over 15 years of experience in this activity.


1/ We find the tenants for you (via our website, partnerships and word of mouth from past guests)


2/ We maximize the occupancy rate of your apartment (thanks to our scheduling tools and dedicated bookers)


3/ We take care of all the administrative/practical aspects: contracts, relationships & welcome of the guests(and potential mishaps…). We also help with tasks related to the apartment (maintenance, cleaning…).


4/ You enjoy (and earn an income for every rental).


5/ You enjoy your apartment whenever you wish.

Can I use my apartment as a pied-a-terre, for myself or my family/friends?


Yes. In fact, that is one of the greatest advantages of seasonal rentals. You can use your apartment anytime you want. In practice, you will have access to our online booking software: if you want to occupy your apartment at any time, all you need to do is set your dates as “occupied” on the website. Thus, it will not be available for customer bookings on these dates. It’s as simple as that!

Are Short Term Paris Apartment Rentals Legal?


Yes, under certain conditions.


Owners have the right to rent their principal residence, when they are not occupying it, up to 4 months a year. These 4 months can be divided into 17 weeks or smaller stays that are not necessarily grouped together. Owners have the right to rent short term their secondary residence in Paris under certain conditions as well. – If the apartment is rented permanently the owner must change the usage of the apartment to commercial in nature. If the apartment is not already under this statute then the owner must proceed with this change.


– If the apartment is being rented short term temporarily (for example if an owner plans to move to Paris after some time abroad, or if the owner’s family is planning to live in the apartment in the future, etc..) the current situation is not clear as of yet.


The ‘loi Alur’ or “Law Alur” intended to provide an option wherein an owner could change temporarily their statute of usage for their apartment, but the specifics have not yet been agreed upon for Paris, end of 2016.

What is the « numéro d’enregistrement » or "registration number"?


When you rent your apartment by the month or week, the law in some countries and regions requires that you declare these rentals to a specific authority in the city where your property is located.


In France, this implies that the property is automatically registered with the « Registre du Tourisme » or "Tourism Registry" and your property or properties will be given a number known as the « numero d’enregistrement » or "registration number".




The information hereby is given as a courtesy by A La Carte Paris. We are not responsible if it is inaccurate or not updated. A La Carte Paris recommends that you check with the local authorities in order to verify that you are in accordance with the laws of the region where your property is located.