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? 100% of 5 stars Google reviews !

100% of 5 stars Google reviews !

We just hit 30 Google reviews ! 100% of 5 stars Google reviews for SOFIME Relocation, in other words our clients satisfaction is at its highest.
Thank you all for your warm messages!
It is true we throw ourselves at 200% into each of our missions, as it is our passion. Most importantly, all your messages are going straight to our hearts ! It is gratifying and moreover it boosts our involvement and determination, always to provide the best of services to our clients! Hence, you can fully trust SOFIME Relocation to be your best ally through your relocation to France.


2021 = big + changes for SOFIME Relocation !

March comes with twists and turns at SOFIME Relocation, and it’s all for the best!
The SOFIME team is in full transformation 🙂

  • Agathe will be away for a few months for the best of news: welcoming a baby! See you next summer !
  • Joana, our new recruit, just joined SOFIME Relocation! Multilingual and full of spirit, we are welcoming her warmly this month. 
  • Alexandra just moved to Switzerland, to follow her husband. The best in all this? She continues working for SOFIME Relocation… from there! Those last months have convinced us that home office and efficiency go hand in hand, when properly organized. But… she will regularly come back to deal with some missions, because she already misses fieldwork!

As you probably understood, the SOFIME team is coping great with unexpected events!
In a bit more than one year, we have welcomed in our team 4 collaborators, with complementary skills and personalities, which are backing our growth and development with passion.

Sophie, Diane and Alice are sticking by their daily job, always ready to handle new missions: for them, change is not for now!

Happy New Year 2021 ​?!

Costs to foresee when relocating

During a relocation, one does not necessarily realize that there will be a lot of payments to make at the same time. So as to prevent bad surprises, you need to foresee all the costs, in order to have sufficient funds in your bank account on the D-Day !

     → 1st rent

Depending on when your lease starts, and how the rent is calculated, you will have to pay either a full month rent, or a prorated rent, which will be based on the amount of days covered by the lease in the first month.

     → Deposit

For a primary residence personal lease (which is the most common lease), the deposit is 1 month rent (charges deducted) for empty apartments, and 2 months rent (charges deducted) for furnished apartments. If the rental lease is a company lease, or a secondary residence lease, it might be even more! (see our article about the different types of leases, as well as the one about furnished / unfurnished apartment, for better understanding).

     → Agency fees

For a primary residence personal lease, the agency fees are regulated by law: it will be maximum 15 euros per sqm (incl. administrative + check-in fees). For company leases, and secondary residence leases, there is no maximum: it can rise up to 13% of the annual rent. If you rent your apartment directly with the owner, there are no agency fees.

     → House insurance

In France, having a house insurance is mandatory: you need to subscribe to a house insurance as soon as you have signed the lease contract. The estate agency will ask you to provide an insurance attestation on the day of the checkin in the apartment. If you do not have it, you will not get your keys… So make sure your housing insurance is valid starting the 1st day of the lease! The insurance contribution depends on the size of the apartment, how much protection you want against risks and on the value of your belongings. Count for a small 2 room apartment around 150 euros.

     → Moving costs

If you move with your furniture, do not forget to foresee the cost of moving. From one country to another, it can be very expensive.

Furnished or unfurnished apartment? That is the question !

     Before starting to look for an apartment, you need to decide if you would prefer a furnished or empty one, regarding your own situation. In France, furnished apartments are more expensive than empty ones, and both type of contracts do not follow the same rules. You will find here all the important things you need to know in order to make up your mind:

     → Furnished apartments

A furnished apartment is defined as a decent accommodation with sufficient number and quality of furniture to allow the tenant to sleep, eat and live properly in keeping with the demands of everyday life. According to the law (and in case of Bail Loi Alur only – see our article about the different types of rental leases existing in France for better understanding), a furnished rental lease follows the subsequent rules:

     – 1 year duration with tacit renewal

     – 2 months deposit (excl. charges)

     – 1 month leave notice for the tenant

     – 3 months leave notice for the landlord

     → Empty apartments

An empty accommodation consists of an apartment without any piece of furniture (nor fitted kitchen). The rules of this type of rental are different from those of the furnished rentals, and are once again following the law (in case again of Bail Loi Alur only).

     – 3 years duration with tacit renewal

     – 1 month deposit (excl. charges)

     – 3 months leave notice for the tenant, shortened to 1 month for densely populated areas (such as Paris). You can find the list of areas considered as densely populated here.

     – 6 months leave notice for the landlord

     → TIP:  In any case – furnished or unfurnished apartment – the landlord can terminate the contract in 3 situations only:

     – When he/she wants to live himself/herself in the apartment, or he/she wants to accommodate someone from his/her own family.

     – When he/she wants to sell the apartment

     – When he/she has a serious and legitimate reason to do so (for example if the tenant is not paying the rent, if the tenant damaged the property, or in case of neighborhood disturbance).

Rentals in France: what are you signing for?

When you sign a lease contract, there is an agreement between the tenant and the landlord, where the tenant commits to paying the rent as fixed in the contract, and the landlord commits to giving the tenant private tenure of the property.
In France there are several types of lease contracts:     
→ Personal lease for primary residence called “Bail loi Alur”
It is the most common lease in France. It is a lease contract you sign in your name, applying to the situation where the apartment / the house will be your primary residence. This contract is defined and controlled by the law in order to protect the tenants, which means they can be no tricky clauses, as long as you see written on the contract “loi Alur 1989”. Agency fees are regulated by law (maximum 12 euros per m2 for the lease writing, and 3 euros per m2 for the check-in process).
The deposit is limited to 1 or 2 months rent. The rental length in time is regulated, as well as the rules applying in case of departure. Those conditions depend on the fact that the apartment comes furnished or not.     
     → Company lease, called  « Bail Code Civil – Bail société” 
This type of lease applies to situations when the company rents the apartment / house for its employee. This type of lease is not regulated by law, which means anything can basically be written. That is why it is important to read carefully all the details of the contract, so that you are fully aware of all special conditions.     
       Secondary residence lease called “Bail Code Civil – résidence secondaire”
This type of lease applies only when you rent an apartment / a house as a secondary residence, which means you own or rent another place as your primary residence. The terms of the contract are freely defined between the landlord and the tenant, just as for the company lease: rent, notice period, rental length etc.


What you need to know to start your home search
with the right mindset !


     Renting an apartment abroad is not a simple matter, especially if you do not know the country you are moving to… You have to ask yourself the right questions about what would fit you better. 

You also need to be aware of the real estate market of the city you chose to live in, so that your expectations match reality – from one city/country to another, you do not have the same standards for a similar budget. Especially in Paris, which often comes as a surprise for foreigners! 

     Demands exceed the offers

     France being a very centralized country, Paris has become the densest market for rentals. In Paris only, 2,2 millions people are living, and Ile de France (the administrative area comprising Paris) has more than 12 millions inhabitants, which corresponds to almost 20 % of the full French population (living on 2% only of the area of France). As you can understand, the housing market is constantly under pressure, and very dynamic. Paris architecture is protected by law, and new constructions are scarce: the pool of available apartments is not growing, and hence is not following the demand. In the end, it means that there is a lot of competition: for every apartment available, there will be several applicants. And when an apartment is put on the market, it is usually rented in the next two days, so there is no time to think or ask for a second visit! This is less true for big apartments i.e more than 90 m2, and furnished ones.) 

     Rent prices are skyrocketting

     Because of the high demand, prices for rentals have massively increased in the past years, up to a point where the government had to intervene, and implement rules: now, in Paris and its close suburbs, there is a maximum price per square meter that cannot be exceeded, and which is fixed by law depending on the district the apartment is located in. You can find here the detailed information: . This is theory. In reality, things are not as clear: if an apartment has something more than the average (i.e high ceilings, amazing view, luxury furbishment etc.), landlords are allowed to exceed the price limit. And it seems in the facts that every apartment in Paris is exceptional, because this rule is constantly twisted!

     What is a typical parisian apartment?

     Because new constructions are rare, there are not that many modern buildings. A typical flat in Paris is around 45 m2, comes in a 19th century building and has wood floors that crack when you step on them. It will almost never have an air conditioner or several toilets for example! Also, if a lot of old buildings have been equiped with elevators in time, most of the buildings in the heart of Paris do not have one, as the staircases are far too narrow to welcome one!

 → Our piece of advice: 
     Prioritize your criteria, because the perfect apartment does not exist as you will always have to  make concessions! Be sure of what you want and what you need before the visits are planned –  you will have to make up your mind the same day in order to send your application! And do not  worry, with SOFIME, Relocation, you always find the perfect place !



Avec MOBILI-PASS®, la recherche de logement ne vous coûtera rien !

Saviez-vous que les étudiants en alternance sont éligibles à l’aide MOBILI-PASS® ?

Bon à savoir quand on sait à quel point il est difficile de se loger lorsqu’on démarre sa vie professionnelle ! Cette aide, sous forme de subvention, permet de financer une part substantielle des frais liés à la prestation d’une agence de relocation pour la recherche de logement, mais aussi pour la réalisation de démarches administratives et l’assistance à l’installation.

     Chez SOFIME Relocation, nous faisons appel au MOBILI-PASS® pour nos expats qui arrivent de l’étranger, pour les salariés mutés d’une région à l’autre, mais cela marche aussi pour les alternants ! Grâce à notre réseau et notre expertise, les dossiers des alternants sont valorisés et plus facilement acceptés 😉

     Les conditions pour en bénéficier ? C’est simple !
– L’entreprise doit faire partie du secteur privé, et employer plus de 10 salariés
– La nouvelle résidence doit se situer à plus de 70 km de l’ancienne / ou bien l’ancienne résidence doit se trouver à plus d’1h15 du nouveau lieu de travail.
Les cases sont vite cochées dans le cadre d’un changement de région / département, pour les étudiants qui montent sur la capitale afin de bénéficier de son dynamisme et mettre le pied à l’étrier !
Alors gardez-le bien en tête, les frais de relocation de vos alternants sont couverts par l’aide MOBILI-PASS® !

 →TIP: Et l’aide MOBILI-JEUNE®, vous connaissez?
     C’est une aide au logement pour les – de 30 ans qui permet de prendre en charge une partie du loyer (à hauteur de 100 euros) pendant la durée de l’alternance!

     Des questions ou interrogations sur ces aides?
L’équipe de SOFIME Relocation se fera un plaisir d’y répondre: !

Et si SOFIME Relocation poursuivait sa transition « verte »…

… en comptant sur ses gambettes?

     C’est officiel, Paris est en train de devenir le paradis des piétons… et le cauchemar des automobilistes ! A plus ou moins brève échéance, les places de stationnement dans Paris vont être réduites de moitié, Paris refoulera les véhicules à essence, le périphérique sera transformé en boulevard urbain limité à 50 voir 30 km/h…
Victoire pour les uns, pilule difficile à avaler pour les autres, il faut prendre acte de cette nouvelle donne: bientôt, nous ne pourrons plus circuler en voiture.Chez SOFIME Relocation, nous prenons les devants afin de composer avec cette dynamique, et rebondir pour accélérer notre transition verte !Pourquoi ne pas profiter de cette opportunité (et du réseau déjà bien fourni de pistes cyclables) pour emmener nos expats en visite à bicyclette ou trottinette et faire travailler nos gambettes ?

Il y aura bien sûr un certain nombre de cases à cocher avant de se lancer dans l’aventure : accord de l’entreprise et du client, météo favorable, distances acceptées entre les visites d’appartements.

     Et les non sportifs?! SOFIME Relocation y pense : au-delà du fait que le vélo ou la trottinette électrique font des miracles sur les cuisses non entrainées, nous pourrons nous appuyer sur le réseau de transports en commun, car Paris est quand même la ville la mieux desservie au monde selon un classement de 2016 de l’Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP, basé à New York), ou bien sur les innombrables chauffeurs et taxis que compte notre belle capitale. Ou encore, pourquoi ne pas faire confiance à nos pieds, qui sont les plus naturellement placés pour se mouvoir d’un point à un autre ?!

     Chez SOFIME Relocation, il n’y a pas de problème, il n’y a que des solutions !

Votre avis compte ! N’hésitez pas à nous faire part de vos suggestions !

Recherchons un(e) assistant(e) en relocation en apprentissage

     SOFIME Relocation est spécialisée dans l’accueil d’expatriés en France.
Prestataire de grands groupes internationaux, nous accueillons environ 200 familles par an, de toutes les nationalités. Nous avons besoin de toi pour accueillir plus de famille !

Nous recherchons un(e) assistant(e) en relocation en apprentissage, niveau 3ème année post bac (Bachelor, Licence, etc). Poste évolutif pouvant déboucher sur un CDI.

Tes missions :

  • Assistance de l’expatrié dans son installation ou son départ
  • Tâches administratives diverses (ex : constitution de dossiers, suivi des démarches de sécurité sociale…)
  • Assister les consultantes sur l’ensemble des missions de relocation (ex : prise de renseignement d’écoles, organisation de visites d’appartements…)
  • Déplacement en préfecture avec l’expatrié
  • Et un projet à façonner ensemble !!

Tes qualités et compétences :

  • Tu es organisé(e), réactif(ve) et autonome
  • Tu aimes gérer 10 projets en même temps
  • Tu parles anglais (30 à 50% des échanges en Anglais),
  • Idéalement tu as ton permis

SOFIME Relocation c’est :

–       Une équipe à taille humaine, pleine de dynamisme et bienveillante avec un management axé sur le respect et la confiance.
–       Une croissance de 25% chaque année depuis 3 ans… (même le  COVID19 ne nous arrêtera pas!)
–       Une agence en pleine digitalisation
–       Un accompagnement et une formation sur-mesure

Mais aussi…:

  • Des bureaux en plein cœur de Paris
  • De la bonne humeur et de l’humour chaque jour
  • De la souplesse dans ton organisation du travail
  • Un poste évolutif

     Tu veux te renseigner ? Tu nous trouveras sur les réseaux sociaux ou nous pourrons te donner les coordonnées de nos super stagiaires ! Cette aventure humaine et professionnelle te tente ? C’est par ici :

Rémunération en fonction du profil + Bonus sur objectifs. Remboursement de 50% de la carte Navigo