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Newsletter #95: December 2009

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Inside this Issue

* Feed the Hungry: Les Restos du Coeur
* Renting Your Property in Paris: Crackdown on Private Landlords
* Eiffel Tower: Champagne & Advance Tickets
* Paris Authors Book Signing at O-Château this Sunday
* Nightlife News: Prescription Cocktail Club, L’Arc & Fleche d’Or
* French Excursions: The Best Marchés de Noël
* Paris Department Stores Open Sunday
* Holiday Dinners on top of the Palais de Tokyo
* Palais de Tokyo Pass
* Tuesdays at the Grand Palais
* Holiday Carnival at the Grand Palais
* Le Monde’s Foodie Cartoon
* Secrets of Paris Blog & Calendar
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Feed the Hungry: Les Restos du Coeur

Today the Restos du Coeur, which fed over 100,000 people in France last year, started their 25th annual winter donation drive. This is a very important year, since there has been a 14% increase in those visiting the food donation centers and soup kitchens since 2008, the largest increase in the history of the organization. As a former volunteer, I can tell you that the Restos du Coeur provide an invaluable service for those in need of a hot meal. Feel guilty every time you see someone asking for money for food on the streets? Donate to the Restos du Coeur – your time or money – and you can be assured that it’s going to those who really need it. 

Renting Your Property in Paris: Crackdown on Private Landlords

Do you own property in Paris that you rent out on a daily, weekly or monthly basis…

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  • The downside of removing apartments from the rental pool (because owners will either sell, or simply won’t be able to find long-term (12-month lease) tenants), is that this shortfall will allow those owners registering as "commercial" to increase monthly rental prices even more. That’s not good news. An apartment in my area that rents for 1500 on a 12-month lease, goes for 2500-3000 on a month-by-month seasonal let. With a decent hotel room starting at 100-150 a night, short-term apartment owners will be able to demand a minimum of 3000 – 3500, especially if the apartment can hold a family, of 4 adults. I don’t think this "re-think" on the tenancy laws will last long.

  • Hi Charles,I don’t know anything firsthand about the laws concerning short-term rental agreements, but I do know that as a business owner I had to get special permission to do business in my own apartment, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there was legislation pending or already on the books for short-term lets. Will this affect your forthcoming trip? I wish I could say, but perhaps you should contact Susie directly (the email in the post) since she knows more than I do about the topic (and is the one who forwarded the letter from the local authorities to me).I’ll let you know if I hear anything new!Regards,Heather

  • Heather – I’m concerned about your note on * Renting Your Property in Paris: Crackdown on Private Landlords * as we’ve rented an apartment for a couple of weeks next year in Paris (from Paris Stay one of the agencies recommended on your Sleep and Eat page).The quote you reference appears to come from http://www.expatica.com/fr/housing/renting/Crackdown-on-private-landlords-in-the-City-of-Light-_15124.htmlHowever, on a Fodors forum —http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/paris-apartment-rentals-worrisome-development.cfm–Paris Hideaways seems to be in disagreement about this information noting, "We, at Paris Hideaways (www.paris-hideaways.com) have also received this newsletter and have further investigating the news.After talking with 3 lawyers in Paris on the subject, none of them gave us confirmation that this information was accurate. " and further "but as of now, absolutely no information is available through the Prefecture, the Maririe de Paris, LegiFrance or the internet. It raises some concern as to its validity."Another commenter referenced this government link http://www.paris.pref.gouv.fr/telecharge/L%20631-7.htm but that, to my non-French lawyer eyes, does not seem to impact apartments currently being rented rather for short or long term.Should we be concerned about the rental agreement we’ve made being impacted by the crackdown you note?Any additional information you might come across and can share would be most appreciated.Thank you-Charles