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Real estate agency fees for renting a dwelling

Verified 15 décembre 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

The real estate agency sets its rates freely. When renting a dwelling (housing lease or mobility lease), certain costs may be shared between the owner and the tenant (visit the dwelling, creation of the tenant's file, drafting of the lease, state of entry). Other fees (e.g. the broadcast of the ad...) are entirely paid by the owner.

The real estate agency sets its rates freely.

These rates must be displayed in a visible and legible manner:

  • At the entrance of the agency's premises
  • From the outside on the window of the agency
  • On each advertising display outside the agency
  • In fairs or lounges

Prices must be indicated TTC.

For each benefit, it must be specified who must pay (owner, tenant, sub-tenant).

Estimated Agency Cost Sharing

You can estimate the amount owed by the tenant using a simulator:

Property rental: share agency fees

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Calculation of the cost sharing of entry location status

When the inventory is made through a professional (real estate agent...), part of the expenses must be paid by the tenant.

However, the share paid by the tenant may not exceed:

  • The share paid by the owner
  • and a maximum amount of €3 VAT per m² living area.

Example :

For a dwelling of 25 m² of living space, the maximum amount payable by the tenant should be €75 (obtained by: 25x €3).

  • If the location is charged €170, the tenant's share may be up to €75 and the share of the owner is €95 (obtained by €170 - €75).
  • If the location is charged €100, the tenant's share must be €50 (obtained by €100 divided by 2), as the share due by the tenant cannot be higher than that of the owner.

  Please note : if an amicable state of affairs is not possiblethen call on an usher. The costs requested by the bailiff will be shared by half between the tenant and the owner.

Calculation of the sharing of file, housing visit and lease writing costs

The amount of fees charged by the real estate agency for the tenant's visit to the dwelling, the creation of his file and the drafting of the lease can be shared between the tenant and the owner.

The amount paid by the tenant may not exceed:

  • half of the fees charged by the estate agency
  • and a maximum amount, calculated from a price TTC by m2 of living area. This price per m2 varies depending on the area where the accommodation is located (very tense, tense or untense area).

Very tense area

€12 Maximum VAT per m2

Example :

For an accommodation of 25 m² of living space located in unstretched area, the VAT price per m2 to apply is €12.

The maximum amount owed by the tenant should be €300 (obtained by 25x €12)

  • If the amount charged by the estate agency is €700 Including tax, the tenant's share is €300 and the owner must pay €400 (obtained by €700 - €300).
  • If the amount billed by the agency is €500 Including tax, the tenant's share is €250 (obtained by €500 divided by 2), because the amount owed by the tenant cannot be half the cost.

Tense Area

€10 Maximum VAT per m2

Example :

For an accommodation of 25 m² of living space located in unstretched area, the VAT price per m2 to apply is €10.

The maximum amount owed by the tenant should be €250 (obtained by 25x €10)

  • If the amount charged by the estate agency is €600 Including tax, the tenant's share is €250 and the owner must pay €350 (obtained by €600 - €250).
  • If the amount billed by the agency is €400 Including tax, the tenant's share is €200 (obtained by €400 divided by 2), because the amount owed by the tenant cannot be half the cost.

Other

€8 Maximum VAT per m2

Example :

For an accommodation of 25 m² of living space located in unstretched area, the VAT price per m2 to apply is €8.

The maximum amount owed by the tenant should be €200 (obtained by 25x €8)

  • If the amount charged by the estate agency is €500 Including tax, the tenant's share is €200 and the owner must pay €300 (obtained by €500 - €200).
  • If the amount billed by the agency is €300 Including tax, the tenant's share is €150 (obtained by €300 divided by 2), because the amount owed by the tenant cannot be half the cost.

To find out where the accommodation is located, you can use a simulator:

Check that a housing is in a tense area

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To entrust the rental management of the dwelling to a real estate agency, the owner signs with it a management mandate. The price charged by the agency for this activity (for example, finding a tenant, sending rent receipts) are to be paid by the owner.

  FYI : the real estate agency freely fixes its rental management fees.

When the real estate agency prepares a new lease on the renewal of the lease, the price requested by the agency can be shared between the owner and the tenant.

  FYI : it is necessary to write a new lease in case increase in undervalued rent or a change to the conditions of the original lease.

The amount paid by the tenant may not exceed:

  • half of the fees charged by the estate agency
  • and a maximum amount, calculated from a price TTC by m2 of living area. This price per m2 varies depending on the area where the accommodation is located (very tense, tense or untense area).

Very tense area

€12 Maximum VAT per m2

Example :

For an accommodation of 25 m² of living space located in unstretched area, the VAT price per m2 to apply is €12.

The maximum amount owed by the tenant should be €300 (obtained by 25x €12)

  • If the amount charged by the estate agency is €700 Including tax, the tenant's share is €300 and the owner must pay €400 (obtained by €700 - €300).
  • If the amount billed by the agency is €500 Including tax, the tenant's share is €250 (obtained by €500 divided by 2), because the amount owed by the tenant cannot be half the cost.

Tense Area

€10 Maximum VAT per m2

Example :

For an accommodation of 25 m² of living space located in unstretched area, the VAT price per m2 to apply is €10.

The maximum amount owed by the tenant should be €250 (obtained by 25x €10)

  • If the amount charged by the estate agency is €600 Including tax, the tenant's share is €250 and the owner must pay €350 (obtained by €600 - €250).
  • If the amount billed by the agency is €400 Including tax, the tenant's share is €200 (obtained by €400 divided by 2), because the amount owed by the tenant cannot be half the cost.

Other

€8 Maximum VAT per m2

Example :

For an accommodation of 25 m² of living space located in unstretched area, the VAT price per m2 to apply is €8.

The maximum amount owed by the tenant should be €200 (obtained by 25x €8)

  • If the amount charged by the estate agency is €500 Including tax, the tenant's share is €200 and the owner must pay €300 (obtained by €500 - €200).
  • If the amount billed by the agency is €300 Including tax, the tenant's share is €150 (obtained by €300 divided by 2), because the amount owed by the tenant cannot be half the cost.

To find out where the accommodation is located, you can use a simulator:

Check that a housing is in a tense area

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Friendly Status

The tenant does not have to pay for the establishment of the exit status (e.g.: check-out fees charged by the estate agency).

Any clause in the lease that imposes on the tenant the payment of the inventory is abusive. It must be considered unwritten.

When an amicable situation is not possible

If an amicable situation is not possiblethen call on an usher.

The fees charged by the bailiff will be halved between the tenant and the owner.