7 Walkthrough Tips For Paris Apartment Rentals

Walkthrough TipsKnown in French as état des lieux (literally the current “state of the premises”), a walkthrough is an on-site inspection of the apartment rental prior to moving in and once again when moving out. Usually performed by the tenant and the landlord together, its purpose is to protect them both.

It is the comparison between the état des lieux d’entrée and the état des lieux de sortie (the initial and final walkthroughs), which will allow the parties to evaluate if there are notable differences in the condition of the apartment, save for everyday wear and tear. If the two état des lieux are in agreement, then the renter is guaranteed the return of his/her security deposit. Each of the two parties must have an identical copy (in general, it is the owner who provides the two copies of the état des lieux).

The ideal état des lieux must describe the state of each and all rooms in the residence including (but not limited to) the condition of the paint, wallpaper, carpeting, wood floors, doors, locks, windows and shutters, electric sockets and switches, electric hot plates, hot water heater, water and gas faucets, flushes, etc.

For a furnished apartment, it is important to also include the furnishings in an inventory.

The following 7 steps will help you prepare for your walkthrough:

1. Insist on completing the état des lieux during daylight hours and when the electricity is working.

2. Next to bon état (good condition), état moyen (average condition), and mauvais état (poor condition), list details as precisely as possible. Examples:  Wood floor in bon état, except for a cracked floorboard. Doors and windows in bon état, but dirty around the handles.

3. Verify that all the installations in the residence are in proper working order, such as the intercom, electric hot plates, oven hood, linen cabinets in the bathrooms, jacuzzi tub, hot water, etc.

4. If there is a chambre de bonne, cellar, garage, etc. included in the rental contract, ask to see these areas.

5. At the end of both the états des lieux, take readings from the electricity and gas meters.

6. Note the number of keys received and, later, the number of keys returned.

7. Finally, before signing, write down all that concerns you under the section labeled observations.