|Photo taken from Paris Map, Paris in Color Project by Nichole Robertson, available on Etsy|
This afternoon, I signed the lease for my dream apartment in the Marais! After I discovered it nearly 10 days ago and practically begged the agent to give it to me, I found myself knee-deep in crazy requests for documentation and guarantors. A couple of days later, the agency requested a caution bancaire equivalent to 6 months' rent, which I simply refused to provide, and the matter seemed to end there. I started handing in my dossier to other apartments, and in total saw about 18 apartments over 2 weeks (no exaggeration).
Raphael gently encouraged me to keep pushing the agent, sending her emails trying to find other solutions to the caution bancaire issue (all my bank statements from the previous year? 2 months deposit instead of 1?) and eventually this morning, they gave in. Not only did they drop the caution bancaire entirely, they also scaled back the 3 months' deposit that I offered them to 1 month (apparently it's illegal to request for more than 1 month's deposit for an appartement vide in France.)
Which goes to show you... persistence pays off in Paris. :) So voilà ! I am now the proud new renter of a gorgeous little cosy apartment on the 5th floor of an old building in the heart of the Marais - complete with wooden beams and exposed stone walls! It's going to be the little Parisienne apartment of my dreams. I can't wait to move in and get settled!
Thank you to everyone for all of your good vibes during this apartment search. ♥