What are the differences between empty and furnished rentals?
Verified 23 March 2023 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)
Only certain rules are common to the empty residential lease and the furnished residential lease.
To be considered as furnished dwelling, the dwelling must include at least the following:
- Bedding with duvet or blanket
- Shutters or curtains in the rooms
- Cooking plates
- Microwave oven or oven
- Freezer or freezer compartment of the refrigerator with a maximum temperature of -6°
- Sufficient dishes for occupants to eat
- Kitchen utensils
- Storage shelves
- Lighting Fixtures
- Household maintenance equipment adapted to the characteristics of the housing (vacuum cleaner if there is carpet, broom and mop for tiles...)
Consequently, the housing which does not comprise at least these elements is a empty housing.
To be considered as decent housing, a dwelling (empty or furnished) must meet certain criteria.
The main differences concern the duration of the lease, the security deposit, the notice (or leave) and taxation:
The rent of a furnished rented accommodation is higher than the rent of the same empty rented accommodation.
Many rules are identical to empty and furnished housing. These rules concern in particular:
- Documents that the landlord can claim from the future tenant
- Rules of the security
- Real estate agency fees
- Content of the real estate ad (created by a real estate agency or the proprietor)
- Discrimination in housing
- Criteria for decency
- Rent (rent fixing, payment of rent, consequences of a default, revision the rent during the lease and its reassessment end of lease)
- List of leasehold charges
- Home Insurance
- Use of the dwelling by the tenant
- Leasehold works and repairs
A landlord can opt for other types of rentals. In particular, there are:
- Furnished accommodation rented out as furnished tourist. In this case, the dwelling is intended for a tenant who uses the dwelling for a short stay, and without making it his home.
- The empty accommodation rented with the Anah Convention. In this case, the dwelling is intended to become the home of a tenant of modest income.
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