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How do I create my rental file?

The rental file is the first approach to a landlord. In order to make a good first impression, it is important that it is complete. This includes both compulsory and optional documents. The aim is to show the owner or manager that you are serious and reliable.

The compulsory documents in your file are :

- photocopy of both sides of your identity card (and of your guarantor if you have one)
- Three most recent payslips*(or those of your guarantor) or Two most recent balance sheets (if self-employed)
- Proof of address (less than three months old) or proof of accommodation (less than three months old) if you are living with your parents.

Guarantor documents are not actually compulsory, but are systematically requested if you have one. It is best to anticipate and therefore show that you are serious.

The optional documents are designed to make you stand out. Once again, the aim is to show your reliability in order to maximise your chances of obtaining accommodation.  Here is a list of what the landlord/manager may ask (not require) :

- Last tax assessment 
- Student card

- Resident's permit
- Employer's certificate
- Photocopy of property tax
- I.B.R.**
- Rent receipts from previous tenancy

Depozen tips: It's best to use a single pdf document containing all the documents (iLovePDF is an example of a free tool), ideally with a summary, to simplify the estate agent's work. If these documents are given in physical form, put them together coherently and place them in a coloured folder so that your rental file stands out more.

Updated on: 15/09/2023

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