Can I rent my apartment short term when I am not in Paris?

The short answer is unfortunately “No.”

 

One-Year Minimum Rental is Legal:

You are allowed rent your apartment (second home) for a one-year minimum or a minimum of nine months if renting to students. But this defeats your purpose, which is to be able to live in Paris and savor your beautiful apartment.

 

“But an agent told me that I can rent my apartment by the month according to a new French law.”

Yes, but the new program, known as Loi Alur, specifies that these rentals of less than one year must be to a French resident working for a French-based company, who has been temporarily transferred to Paris by their French-based company. This is a small market and rental prices are regulated.

 

Exception: Commercial Zoning

There is one exception for owners of secondary residences -- if your apartment has a commercial zoning permit. The process is complicated and expensive; currently there are fewer than 300 commercially zoned apartments in all of Paris. As of December 2018, new rules have made it impossible to purchase commercial permits.

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