The advantages of Colocation City

Colocation City’s vision is to offer housing where community life is as pleasant as possible.
Colocation City houses must comply with a quality charter which is based on 4 essential points.



Residential property in France was not originally built for communal living. Most of it is…


The properties are located in the most popular residential areas of the town. The properties Colocation City…

Commitment of funders

Landlords have committed to Colocation City to respect their tenants. It may seem obvious…


Location is key for flatmates.  Each property is selected to be …

How does sharing work ?

It is sometimes difficult for someone, whether a student or a part-time worker, to rent a property when they cannot justify a stable income.

Colocation City does everything possible to make it easier for you and to allow everyone to live where they feel comfortable.

What are the steps to follow to become a flatmate? What part of the rent or charges am I responsible for? What happens if someone defaces the shared space? Am I entitled to Housing Benefit?

You will find here all the answers to the most frequently asked questions, and sharing a flat will no longer hold any secrets for you.

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The steps to follow to rent a Colocation City property

The first step is to contact a Colocation City operator to organize visits of properties you might like. In order to prepare the visits, your application file should already be ready. Don’t come empty-handed because the property may pass you by if a roommate submits a complete file before you! A complete Colocation City application contains the following elements:

If you have an income equivalent to at least 2 times the amount of the rent including all taxes and charges, attach the last 3 pay slips, a proof of residence of less than three months (electricity or water bill) in your name, a valid ID.
If your income is less than 2 times the amount of the rent including all taxes and charges, or if you simply have no income as is the case for many students, please attach
– Proof of address less than three months old in your name. If you are living with your parents, or with someone else, please attach the proof of address of this person, a certificate from him/her that he/she is hosting you (click here to download an example) as well as a photocopy of this person’s ID.
-The last 3 pay slips of the person(s) who will be joint guarantor of your rent (click here to download the joint guarantor certificate), their proof of residence of less than three months as well as their identity card. If the people who will guarantee your rents are not employees, then you will have to attach: their last tax notice, the housing tax, and an email or letter from their bank which justifies the possibility of a bank guarantee of 1 year’s rent.

Once your complete file is validated, Colocation City will send you the lease. When the lease is signed by both parties, the roommate agrees with the landlord on a date for the inventory of fixtures which takes place on the day of the move-in and the handing over of the keys. During the inventory of fixtures, the 2 parties check the conditions of the property and the furniture. Once signed, the roommate can move in!

Am I entitled to personalized housing assistance ?

The colocation-city properties (houses or apartments) are eligible for housing aid called ALS. You must however respect the conditions required by the CAF to be able to benefit from it, i.e. be the holder of the rental contract, pay rent and be a tenant of this accommodation for a minimum period of 8 months.

To apply for housing assistance, fill out your housing assistance application online or download the form and send it to your CAF by mail.

Attention: For information: According to our simulation carried out on 04/07/2012, a 19 year old student who rents a Colocation City room at 550 € / month including charges, with no dependents, no professional activity, no aid, no income, can benefit from a monthly allowance of 173,63 € bringing the net monthly rent to 376,37 €.

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What are the conditions of a rental lease? Amount of rent, charges, duration of the lease?

The roommate’s lease differs from the classical rental lease in that it differentiates the private part from the common part.

The private part is the room and the bathroom of the roommate. He is the only one who has the key to this space and is the only one responsible for any damage to this space.

The common area corresponds to everything that is not the private area: living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, common toilet… This area is the responsibility of all roommates. This is why each roommate, through a charter described in his lease (click here to see the charter), commits himself to use the property as a reasonable person and not to voluntarily damage a common property or belonging to others.

The payments include 2 things: the rent and the charges. In the charges, Colocation City includes the totality of the payments inherent to the house so that the roommate does not have 1 € to disburse. This includes :

Energy (gas, electricity) and water bills
Internet, TV and telephone subscription
Cleaning service for properties with more than 5 rooms (common areas only)
IMPORTANT: Each roommate is only responsible for his rent and the charges stipulated in the lease. If a roommate leaves during the year and there are several rooms available, the TCC rent of the roommates is obviously not affected.
If the property is rented furnished, the lease term is 1 year. The co-tenant or the landlord can terminate the lease at any time by notifying the other party by registered mail with acknowledgment of receipt at least 1 month before the termination date. If no one comes forward before the anniversary date of the lease, the lease is tacitly renewed.

* The payment of the charges may give rise to a catch-up if the energy consumption, water or telephone bill is different from the amount provided for in the lease.


What are the deposit amounts? What happens if the property is damaged?

The amount of the deposit depends on the rented property and generally corresponds to 1 month’s rent. This amount is used to pay for damages caused by the roommate in his private space. It is sent to the landlord in the form of a check at the beginning of the lease but is not cashed. When the common space is damaged by the roommates, the amount of the repairs is shared and each one pays in proportion to the number of rooms he occupies.
For example, if the TV in the living room is broken in a 4-bedroom house occupied by 4 roommates, each will pay 1/4 of the cost of replacing the TV. However, if one roommate is responsible for the destruction of the TV and comes to Colocation City to pay the full replacement cost, the other roommates will not be charged their deposit. It goes without saying that the damage caused by a disaster (water damage…) is taken into account either by the tenant’s insurance or by the owner’s insurance depending on the nature of the damage.


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