The CAF can grant assistance to pay the rent to any person with a modest income, whether he or she is a student, apprentice or employee, whether he or she lives in a furnished or unfurnished apartment, in a residence, hotel or intergenerational rental. However, the accommodation must be decent and comply with safety standards, and the lease must be drawn up in the name of the person requesting the assistance, without any direct family ties to the owner. The APL is paid directly to the owner if the housing is approved, while the ALS is paid directly to the person’s account if the housing is not approved.

Conditions for the allocation of CAF aid:

– Occupation of the dwelling as a principal residence
– Decent housing Financial resources
– Be less than 28 years old

The amount of your aid is calculated according to different criteria: number of dependent children, place of residence, amount of your rent and your resources over the last 12 months. To get an idea of the amount of CAF assistance you may receive, and therefore of the actual amount of rent you will have to pay each month, you can make a simulation request before reserving an apartment. To do this, go to the CAF website, menu -> my online services -> make a simulation request -> housing assistance.

ALS – Social housing allowance

The ALS is intended for single students or couples without dependents.
The conditions for accessing the ALS:

Residence in France,
The accommodation must be the main residence
The housing must meet the standards of health and occupancy
Foreigners must have a valid residence permit
The allocation of the ALS depends on certain variable ceilings and according to the composition of the household and the location of the accommodation

FSL – Fonds de Solidarité pour le Logement

The Fonds de Solidarité pour le Logement is part of the CAF’s housing assistance.

It is intended for people who have financial difficulties in accessing or maintaining housing. This assistance is formalized through loans or grants. It can finance the expenses of the guarantee deposit, the first rent, the insurance, the moving expenses, the debts, the charges and the bills. The
amount issued by the FSL varies according to the department. The assistance does not take into account housing assistance resources, back-to-school allowances and education allowances for a disabled child.


– The tenant and sub-tenant
– The owner-occupier
– People living in a free accommodation
– People who live in a home as their main residence.

Other assistance
ALCVP – Allocation Logement Complémentaire de la Ville de Paris

This aid is managed by the CAF for the Paris department. The ceiling for this
allowance is 183 €/month for a family and 122 €/month for a single person.

Exceptional allowance

This one-time assistance is intended for people who have temporary financial difficulties
or in the event of a disaster requiring emergency accommodation. This allowance cannot be renewed on a regular basis. To benefit from this assistance, it is necessary to contact the district section of the CASVP, Centre Action Sociale de Ville de Paris

On the CAF website apply for Aide Personnelle au Logement (APL): Mes services en ligne > Faire une demande de prestation > Le logement > Faire une demande.
The documents you will need for this application

– Your rental agreement (lease)
– Your identity card or residence permit
– Your income
– Your bank details
– The owner’s contact information, the Siret number if your landlord is a company
– The amount of rent and charges

It is the Contract by which a person, the lessor, lets to another, the tenant, the right to use the accommodation for a certain period of time. Most leases are signed for 1-3 years, and can be terminated, respecting the notice period of the contract (usually one month).

What is required in a rental agreement?

– The name and address of the landlord and his agent;
– The name of the tenant;
– The date on which the lease contract begins to apply and the duration.

– The destination (or intended use) of the dwelling (in your case, residential)
– The precise description of the dwelling and its annexes (address, private equipment, living space, cellar, garage…),
– The equipment for access to information and communication technologies (means of receiving television services in the building, Internet access, etc.)
– The enumeration of the common parts

– The amount of the rent, its terms of payment

– The nature and amount of work carried out in the dwelling since the end of the last rental contract or since the last lease renewal,
– The amount of the security deposit.

Once you have completed your procedures, paid your fees and signed the lease, you can move into your home. If you haven’t visited it before, it’s time to previously visited it, it is time for you to discover your new home.

Step 1

The first step, before unpacking your suitcase, is to proceed to an inventory of fixtures. This step is essential, because the return of the security deposit at the end of your stay depends on it. The inventory of fixtures consists of a tour of the apartment, sometimes in the company of the owner or the landlord, in order to determine the general state of the apartment. At the end of the visit, this inventory of fixtures must be established in writing, signed by the landlord as well as by yourself. You will receive a copy.

Inventory of fixtures = An inventory of fixtures of entry and exit in the apartment is carried out, in order to note the state of the apartment with its catch by the tenant and its state when this one leaves the place. A paper is then signed at the entry in the apartment, listing all the “problems” already present. If other problems are found when the tenant leaves the apartment, the landlord reserves the right to collect the security deposit, partially or in its entirety.

Step 2

The second step consists in paying the first rent or the royalty, and the file fees. Finally, you will receive your keys, your access badge, your key ring for the mailbox, the cellar or the garbage room. If the owner or landlord forgets to give you some keys, do not hesitate to ask for them.

During the inventory of fixtures, it is important to check several points:

– Potential water leaks and water infiltration

– The state of the carpet, the floor, the walls, the paint the paint, the ceiling

– The consumption and the water and heating bill the previous tenant’s water and heating bills

– The proper functioning of the windows, locks, oven locks, oven, fridge…

– The bedding. On this occasion, check that bedding is in good condition and is not, for example, contaminated by bed bugs.

You must point out every defect in the accommodation, such as
holes in the walls, damaged ceilings or floors,
scratches, leaks, deteriorated furniture, if the home is furnished.
Thus, when you return your apartment at the end of the lease, if there are no additional
defects that you have caused, the landlord will return your security deposit to you.
your security deposit. In the event that deterioration appears after the inventory of fixtures has been
the inventory of fixtures, you can ask the landlord to complete it within 10 days.
within 10 days.

If your home is unfurnished, or if you wish to acquire other equipment at a lower cost, there are inexpensive solutions:


Emmaus is an association offering various solidarity services, including donation centers. In these centers, anyone can donate furniture, clothing and accessories. The members of Emmaus put them on sale at very low prices, in order to finance their associations and to satisfy individuals who need second-hand equipment at low prices.


This application offers online ads from individuals who want to offer their objects, furniture and household equipment for free. You can find, depending on your location, what you need to furnish yourself for a low price. However, remember that it will be
to you to manage the routing of the furniture or appliances to your home;


This site offers online ads from individuals who want to sell their objects, furniture and equipment. You can find, depending on your location, what you need to furnish yourself for little money. However, remember that it will be up to you to manage the transportation of the furniture or equipment to your home.


This association allows you to buy furniture at a low price, and to get rid of it when you leave your home. >


This network, which is part of a circular economy approach, recovers electrical and electronic equipment, renovates it and puts it back on sale at a lower cost. In the Paris region, there is a store in Trappes, about 30 minutes drive from Orsay.