THE MOBILITY LEASE

The majority of our clients are interested in the mobility lease. We work with many companies, international corporations, foreigners, diplomats and embassies. If you are interested in the mobility lease and want to know more, please contact us !

What is the Mobility Lease in France?

Bail Mobilité” or the Mobility Lease is a type of rental contract that covers only a short period of time for tenancy. It's only good for a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 10 months in total. And it’s designed for those who are only in France temporarily, be it for their studies or for work. 

This lease was created in accordance with article 107 of the ELAN Law, which was promulgated on November 23, 2018. With this law and lease, the French government aims to reintroduce vacant rental properties back into the real estate market. But it's important to note, however, that “Bail Mobilité” is separate from vacation rentals in Paris (also known as AIRBNB-type rentals), which are aimed at tourists. 

Typically, the standard rental leases for furnished properties in France cover either 9 months (for short-term rentals) or 12 months (for long-term rentals). But for various students and business travelers who are only in the city for less time than that, there was no way they can legally rent a place during their stay here. As a result, the Mobility Lease was introduced. 
Additionally, this also made it possible for property owners in France, especially those who use their place Pied-à-Terre, to offer a good alternative to the standard short-term or long-term rental leases. They can even earn enough to cover the various costs related to the property, which include condominium fees, property tax, and maintenance costs.

Who is Eligible for The Mobility Lease?

Those who are eligible for the Mobility Lease include graduate students, those undergoing internships or apprenticeships, civil servants, and temporary workers who are assigned to France. No matter your nationality, as long as you're staying in Paris for these reasons and possess the legal documents to back them up, then you are qualified to rent an apartment under the Mobility Lease.
How Long is The Duration for The Mobility Lease?
As previously mentioned, the Mobility Lease covers a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 10 months in total. It serves as a good alternative to the standard rental leases in France which cover either 9 months (for short-term rentals) or 12 months (for long-term rentals). But unlike those standard rental leases, your Mobility Lease cannot be renewed after your initial 10 months. There is still room for modification, but that's only if your initial lease was within 1 to 9 months. You can extend it until the 10th month but not beyond that. 

In the event that the tenant requests an extended stay in the property, the landlord will then have to offer a standard long-term rental lease instead.
  1. Who can rent under the Mobility Lease?

Qualifying Tenants being:
  • in professional training;
  • in graduate studies;
  • in an apprenticeship contract;
  • in internship;
  • in voluntary engagement as part of a civic service;
  • on a professional work mission or temporary assignment (temporary workers or seasonal workers).
The tenant must provide proof that is allowing him to access the mobility lease at the time of the entry into force of the lease.


2. Which accommodations are concerned?

  • Decent housing, must be of a minimum area, not harm the safety of the tenant and must include certain equipment
  • Furnished accommodation that must include at least the following furniture:
  • Bedding with duvet or blanket
  • Shutters or curtains in the rooms
  • Hobs
  • Oven or microwave oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer or freezer compartment of the refrigerator with a maximum temperature of -6°
  • Dishes in sufficient number for the occupants to take meals
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Table and seats
  • Storage shelves
  • Light fixtures
  • Household cleaning equipment adapted to the characteristics of the lease (vacuum cleaner if there is carpet, broom and mop for tiles ...)

How Does The Mobility Lease Benefit The Tenant?

The tenant benefits from the Mobility Lease in ways beyond the term of the contract. They include:

Notice - allows the tenant to terminate the contract provided they send a notice one month prior.

End of Lease - the tenant can end their lease in multiple ways, which include an authorized letter (with acknowledgment of receipt) or the act of bailiff.

Subletting - the Mobility Lease allows tenants to sublet the apartment provided that they have the owner/landlord's permission

Security Deposit - It is not required to pay a refundable damage security deposit, however, the property owner can use a third party to cover any damages that will occur to the property. 

Guarantee - tenants are also allowed to take advantage of the VISALE Guarantee. Though this is only limited to €1,500.00 in Paris and only €1,300.00 in the rest of France. However, it is advised to have a third party guarantor or to pay upfront to cover the parisian rent. 

How Does The Mobility Lease Benefit The Property Owner?

Even the property owner or landlord benefits from the Mobility Lease as well. They include:

Flexibility - the flexibility within the Mobility Lease allows the owner to retain control over their property throughout the duration of the contract. 

Registration - under the Mobility Lease, the owner no longer has to register the rented property with the town hall. 

Guarantee - similarly to the tenant, the owner can also take advantage of the VISALE guarantee, particularly when it comes to costs for damages caused by the tenant. 

Rent Control - under the Mobility Lease, the owner is free to set their own price for the monthly rental fee if the Paris home will be a secondary residence for the tenant.

What are the tenant's obligations during a mobility lease?


As a tenant under the Mobility Lease, what they pay doesn’t just cover the monthly rental fee. The costs for utilities are also included, such as electricity, water, heating, and the like. They also have the right to ask for a receipt upon every payment, as it will serve as proof that they have, in fact, paid the fees on time. And if the tenant plans to terminate the lease before the end of the term, they must notify the owner/landlord one month prior to their intended departure. 

What Are The Property Owner/Landlord's Obligations in The Mobility Lease?


As the property owner/ landlord under the Mobility Lease, you are not allowed to ask for a security deposit from the tenant upon their arrival. Instead, you can avail of a guarantee in the event of damages. The options include insurance, financial aid, and the like. Moreover, if the ownership of the property is changed within the duration of the Mobility Lease, then the former owner is required to inform the tenant about it. As for the new owner, it will be their responsibility to change the names in the contracts.

Why Does The Mobility Lease Matters To A1 Real Estate Paris?

As a real estate agency, A1 Real Estate Paris understands the need for using vacant properties in Paris and the rest of France. But before 2018, the law prohibited property owners from renting out their homes unless it was their primary residence.

Only when the ELAN Law was enacted, which introduced the Mobility Lease, did it become legal for owners in Paris to rent out their properties for a minimum of one month. However, they can only rent out to those who are officially staying in Paris for a short period of time.

These include graduate students, business travelers, diplomats, and the like. The law clearly states that “Bail Mobilité” cannot be used for tourism purposes. Those who are simply visiting Paris will have to go for vacation rentals (i.e. Airbnb).

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