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What is a French landlord expecting when they ask for my "contrat de travail" if I work outside of France?

An “attestation d'emploi” or “attestation de l'employeur” should be enough, if producing your work contract is not practical. Here are a few templates from various real estate agents (PDF) that seem ...
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Living expenses in Abu Dhabi, for a moderate lifestyle

AED 10,000 may be a lot in your country, but here you shouldn't convert it to your currency every time you buy something, because it might be 3 times more expensive, unless you really make your own ...
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T2 / F2 / F3 / ... - Appartment size codes in France

Here is a translation of the corresponding explanation on the French Wikipedia site: T1, T2, T3, etc: T is used for Type, and corresponds to a type of apartment with the number of main rooms ...
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Finding temporary accommodation in London

Finding an apartment to rent, even for short term, can be tricky if you do it online. I just moved to Edinburgh, from France, so I can at least speak about my experience: I booked 2 weeks at an ...
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Netherlands housing rental - I might be getting scammed, how to avoid that?

It's 99% certainly a scam. The exact same thing happened to me twice when I was in your position, including the passport scan. Guy said he was working in the UK and wanted to rent out his apartment, ...
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Are Singapore Permanent Resident couples eligible to buy HDB flats other than resale ones?

No. According to HDB, the eligibility criteria for a new flat in respect to citizenship is: Citizenship You must be a Singapore Citizen This holds true for all the categories, you can check ...
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Renting residence from abroad background and credit check issues

Unfortunately, renting in the US is quite difficult without a number of prerequisites. Generally, you should be prepared to have the following things to have the best chance of leasing in the US as a ...
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Renting in Germany: how do I get a SCHUFA?

As a prospective tenant, the landlord is expecting you to obtain a credit report, through the German credit bureau, SCHUFA.
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Apartment viewing Tips?

Let's start with the "bad experiences" part of your question: This might be trivial for some, but: Never ever pay any money before you've physically seen the apartment. There are quite a few rent ...
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What is this arrangement called, and what kind of contract is used?

This article about such a project in Cologne calls it "Wohnen für Hilfe". wohnenfuerhilfe.info lists similar projects in other cities and there is even a site linking similar “homeshare” initiatives ...
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Living expenses in Abu Dhabi, for a moderate lifestyle

The lowest legal housing I've seen for individual rent was 3000AED, which are individual semi-temporary structures on Sadiyaat Island in Abu Dhabi. But if you are willing to share accommodation, you ...
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Finding temporary accommodation in London

I'd second AirBnB as an option - it will allow you to use the time to scout out areas and look around before settling for something a bit bigger. Alternatively, websites such as spareroom.co.uk are ...
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Renting Studio with Minimum rental period

In the randstad (the most populous part of the country), most properties will be rented out within days of being put on the market (certainly if you are talking about small-to-medium size, affordable ...
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Renting Studio with Minimum rental period

Finding a new tenant is a time-consuming procedure, with the risk of the gap where you get no money but still have costs. It's obvious the landlords are interested in finding long-term tenant rather ...
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Netherlands Renting Registration

This means the rental is potentially legit. Some people illegally sublet apartments, which means the intermediate remains registered at the address and will not permit the tenant to register. If the ...
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How to find long term accomodation online in France?

One thing to be aware of is that there are two main legal frameworks for long term rental in France : 'meublé' (furnished) or 'vide' (empty). A 'meublé' will include all furniture (bed, chairs, table, ...
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Which websites are useful for looking for a room in a shared flat in Germany?

wg-gesucht.de is actually one of the standard websites when you're looking for a shared apartment in Germany. Generally speaking, the term you'd be searching for is WG (short for Wohngemeinschaft). ...
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Find accommodations in New York

You're going about it backwards. You need to find a place to work and then look for a place to live. You could probably start by looking at the job sites like Monster, Hotjobs, Stackoverflow Jobs, ...
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How bad it is to work in Amsterdam and live in Leiden?

The train is more like 35 min and you can shave off 5 min from the total by having a bike and leaving it at the station in Leiden. That's what most locals would do in your situation. The trains can be ...
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What are the dangers of defecting to North Korea?

Scratch of an answer: how likely are they to be subsequently imprisoned and tortured or executed for a very petty crime A number of cases like the execution of a terrapine factory manager for ...
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Long-term stay in the UK

Some answers: If I apply for a long term visitor visa (2/5/10 year), must I leave every 6 months? As a US citizen, such a visa is of no use to you. You can enter the UK as a visitor without a ...
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Sequence of SSN, rental, bank account, etc, in USA to satisfy dependencies

Answering, having found much of this out by trial and error... this is based on my own experience in Washington state, and YMMV. First, apply for a SSN as early as possible. This requires an address, ...
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Rules about flat rent in Prague

Yes, a fixed term rental contract can't be freely broken early. Rentals are governed by the Czech Civil Code and terminations are addressed by § 2285 and following (in Czech). There are two kinds of ...
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Finding temporary accommodation in London

rightmove.co.uk has a section for house shares, ie. renting a room. This is a well known legitimate site but despite that normal scam precautions should be taken. It's normally illegal to charge ...
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Accommodation in Auckland NZ

You will not need to pre-arrange long-term accommodation before landing in Auckland. (Doing that would be difficult because you obviously can't visit the property, and you probably wouldn't get what ...
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Housing in Amsterdam

I was looking for a flat about two years ago. In general, it is difficult, if you are not speaking Dutch. Most apartments in the inner city are under strict rent control/social housing regulations, ...
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Living expenses in Abu Dhabi, for a moderate lifestyle

There is some general information on this site about the cost of living in Abu Dhabi. In particular, about the cost of accommodation: No matter one's social status, the costs associated with ...
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How to find a long term rental apartment in Paris without paying expensive fees?

Students in France usually rent for one year so if you go to an agency for only 6 month they simply won't be interested nor would landlords. There are however many solutions for students and ...
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Commission vs Guarantee

One month rent as a fee (vergoeding, bemiddelingskosten or huurkosten) for a place advertised by an agency is pretty standard (can be a lower set fee for cheap accommodation, I don't recall seeing ...
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