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My brother-in-law has recently moved to Paris and is trying to rent a flat with his girlfriend. Despite having a very healthy bank balance, he is finding it impossible to rent a flat, as he has not yet found a job. He has offered to pay in advance and show them his bank statements from the UK, but to no avail. He has opened a French bank account, but apparently the rule is that you have to show you are employed in order to rent a flat. Is there anyone who could advise on a way round this? His Parisian girlfriend is employed in Paris, but her earnings are not enough to cover the rent on her own.
Many thanks.
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If he's planning to stay long enough to rent a flat, it makes sense to open a French bank account. If he has enough in his UK bank account, he can set up a monthly transfer just big enough to provide the 'income' needed to qualify. If he gets a job, he can then stop the transfer. If he doesn't get a job, he won't be able to afford the rent - so he'd better see how short a lease he can take on.
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Many thanks for your reply. I will pass on your advice. I know he has opened a French bank account so that could be the perfect solution. Thanks again.
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