Can we turn a basement into a place to rent?
Verified 16 November 2021 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)
No, you can't turn a basement or cellar into an apartment to rent.
If the basement or cellar has a window or if you fit them in with a semi-buried window, they cannot be used as a dwelling because they are buried in the ground.
If you do not comply with the rental ban, the prefect can force you to evacuate tenants and offer them alternative accommodation.
- Public Health Code: Article L1331-23Prohibition on renting a basement
- Ministerial Response No. 06772 Senate of June 6, 2013
- Real estate rental: obligations of the owner (landlord)Service-Public.fr
- Unsanitary housingService-Public.fr