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Rent of the accommodation Anah: is there a maximum amount?

Verified 08 juin 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

The owner of a dwelling agreed with the National Housing Agency (Anah) must fix the amount of the initial rent by respecting a maximum amount specified in the agreement. As a rule, this amount is lower than the market price. It is reviewed annually on the basis of the rent reference index (LRI). During the lease, the landlord may revise the rent annually on the basis of the LRI. When renewing the lease, the landlord can reassess the rent.

To learn more about Anah conventions, you can page.

The initial rent of a dwelling agreed with theAnah shall not exceed a maximum amount per month and per m2 of fiscal habitable surface.

The fiscal living space is equal to the total of:

  • the living area 
  • and half of the surface of the annexes for the exclusive use of the tenant (cellar, balcony...), up to 8 m2

Maximum amount per month and per m2 varies by:

  • the agreement signed, at very social rent, at social rent or at intermediate rent
  • and the geographical area (area, Abis, A, B1, B2 or C) of the housing

To find out the area of your accommodation, indicate the municipality where it is located in this simulator:

Know the area of your town: A, Abis, B1, B2 or C

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Rent per m² applicable in 2021

Convention

Geographic Zoning

Area A

Remaining Area A

Area B1

Area B2

Area C

Rent

intermediary

€17.55

€13.04

€10.51

€9.13

€9.13

Rent

social

€12.27

€9.44

€8.13

€7.81

€7.25

Very social rent

€9.55

€7.35

€6.33

€6.06

€5.63

  FYI : Anah can set lower amounts locally to these amounts.

To find out if other maximum amounts apply in the housing sector, you can contact Anah:

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The rent is indicated in the agreement.

Date of payment of rent by type of agreement

Convention

Payment Date

Intermediate rent

Rent to pay to maturity, i.e. at the beginning of the month.

Social rent

Rent to pay due, i.e. at the end of the month

Very social rent

Rent to pay due, i.e. at the end of the month

The rent can be revised at 1to each year on the basis of the Rent Reference Index (LRI) published byInsee.

The rent after review may not exceed the maximum amounts fixed at national level:

Rent per m² applicable in 2021

Convention

Geographic Zoning

Area A

Remaining Area A

Area B1

Area B2

Area C

Rent

intermediary

€17.55

€13.04

€10.51

€9.13

€9.13

Rent

social

€12.27

€9.44

€8.13

€7.81

€7.25

Very social rent

€9.55

€7.35

€6.33

€6.06

€5.63

To calculate the revised rent, the landlord must know:

  • the amount of the rent without charge (L),
  • the last value of the LRI (I) corresponding to the reference quarter specified in the lease (if the lease does not specify it, the last LRI known at the time of signing the lease is used as the reference),
  • and the value of the LRI for the same quarter of the previous year (R).

The calculation is as follows: (W x I) / R = new rent.

If the landlord feels that the rent is undervalued in comparison to the rents in the neighbourhood, he can reassess it. But the landlord cannot claim rent that exceeds the maximum amount stipulated in the agreement. This amount is revised every 1to January on the basis of the Rent Reference Index (LRI).

In case of change of tenant during the term of the agreement, the rent shall not exceed the maximum amount indicated in the agreement. This amount is revised every 1to January on the basis of the Rent Reference Index (LRI).

The current lease at the end date of the agreement continues under the same conditions (annual review based on the LRI).

However, at the end of the lease, the landlord may renew it at a rent higher than that fixed by the agreement.

This offer must be made to the tenant at least 6 months before the end of the lease:

  • by registered letter with notice of receipt, by act of bailiff,
  • or hand-delivered against receipt,
  • or signature at least 6 months before the end of the lease.

The proposed rent should refer to rents typically seen in the vicinity for comparable housing.

It must include rent references:

  • 6 minimum references if the dwelling is located in a commune forming part of a agglomeration of more than 1 million inhabitants,
  • 3 references if the accommodation is in other geographical areas.

If the proposed rent increase is less than or equal to 10% of the old rent, then the increase is spread by third over 3 years.

If the proposed rent increase is greater than 10% of the old rent, then the increase will have to be spread by sixth over 6 years.