Tenants most often choose an empty dwelling, which they furnish themselves. In some situations, it is more interesting to rent a furnished apartment. But what are the differences between a furnished rental and an unfurnished rental?
Furnished or empty, a different contract
It is on the content that the lease is different between a furnished rental and an empty rental:
- The duration of the lease
In empty rental, the lease is signed for 3 years, whereas in furnished rental, the tenant only commits for one year, or even 9 months non-renewable if it is a student.
- The notice
For the tenant, the notice period is 3 months for an unfurnished rental, whereas the furnished tenant can inform his landlord that he is leaving only one month before. In certain personal or professional circumstances, the Macron law has adjusted the period of notice, which can be reduced to one month for empty rentals. Know more about izdavanje stanova kotor.
When it is the lessor who gives the notice, it is 6 months for an unfurnished rental and 3 months for a furnished rental.
- The security deposit
The security deposit is not the same for the two types of rentals: it can go up to two months’ rent for a furnished rental while it cannot exceed one month’s rent for an unfurnished rental.
Furnished rental, a high level of equipment
The owner has obligations regarding the level of comfort of his property if he rents it furnished. A decree of 2015 taken in application of the ALUR law fixed the list of furniture items that must be found in a furnished rental.
Furnished accommodation must include complete bedding with blankets or duvets, blackout curtains in the bedrooms, a table and chairs, storage shelves and light fixtures. In the kitchen, a refrigerator with freezer compartment, hotplates, an oven or a microwave oven, kitchen utensils and crockery necessary for meals are mandatory. Housekeeping equipment adapted to the dwelling must also be provided. Of course, the rooms must be equipped with light fixtures.
Furnished accommodation is often rented at a higher price of 10 to 20%, or even 30%. This may seem high, but it must be understood that the tenant does not have to purchase furniture. Just go to a furniture rental site to see that this price difference is justified. The kitchen equipment alone would cost more to rent than the difference in rent.
In addition, very often, furnished tenants do not have to open the water, gas and electricity meters, which also has a cost. The lessor can indeed agree to carry out a simple meter reading. Let us add that if the empty tenant must take out insurance to cover his rental risks, this is not compulsory for the furnished tenant. Additional savings.
Which rental is the most suitable?
An important parameter is the size of the housing. Furnished rentals are often studios or F1, even F2. Beyond that, the tenant will find it difficult to find furnished accommodation. Couples with children will therefore have no choice. On the other hand, furnished rentals are quite appropriate for students, especially on a 9-month lease. Seniors also appreciate the furnished rentals found in service residences. This last type of accommodation, student residences or senior residences, also offers additional services that are not found in empty rentals.