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When trying to rent in France, what is this "dossier" I keep hearing about, and how do I get/produce one?

The dossier is just a bunch of documents. Generally they ask for: a work contract, or some document proving you have a job proof of your salary (either 3 last paychecks, or your work contract again) ...
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Netherlands - Rental agency is forcing me to accept a contract

I am also not a lawyer, not Dutch, and have no Dutch legal experience. Still, I am absolutely sure they have no legal basis to demand payment. Rental agreements which involve contracts are concluded ...
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Moving to Germany

As the husband of an EU citizen, you are entitled to a free visa. In the application, you will have to show that you are married to your wife, of course. Beyond that, there are only very limited ...
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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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Do real estate agents in Melbourne actively help you find a rental?

Finding an apartment on its own doesn't justify this being an expat question, but since I've done this myself AND know there are some expat issues with doing so, I'll address those. It takes time. ...
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Cheap apartments in Luxembourg

With a few notable exceptions like cars, petrol and tobacco, most things are more expensive in Luxembourg than in neighbouring countries, there is no way around that. Wages tend to match the cost of ...
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French housing agencies refuse to accept a foreign guarantor

(Partial answer) As mentioned on https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F31267, it is legal for the owner to require a garantor (a caution), notice that it is not mandatory. La ...
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French housing agencies refuse to accept a foreign guarantor

As promised, I am completing my comment with an answer. As @audionuma mentioned, the housing market in Paris is quite difficult, even for locals. Indeed, it is technically illegal to refuse a ...
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How do I find a non-vacation house to rent in Puerto Rico?

If you're looking for Rental Properties in Puerto Rico you can probably start with Ecuentra24, Zillow, or try contacting local real estate agencies like Ramon Ferreira for more information.
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Returning to the US - Mortgage Approval Considerations

I just went through this process. The key thing I did not realize is that UK credit, credit history, debts and earnings are separate from the US. This means I was able to qualify for a US mortgage ...
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Rentals to "expats only" in Copenhagen Denmark

I suspect it often means slightly more than just expats, it means "expats who are backed by a large company". The reasons are probably: Increased willingness to pay high rents, and less likelihood to ...
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Do real estate agents in Melbourne actively help you find a rental?

TL;DR: Sorry, expecting to find an apartment in 10 days is completely unrealistic. First, the background: in Australia, it's illegal for a real estate agent to take a commission from a tenant, they ...
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Netherlands - How can I avoid paying contract costs to real estate agency?

I experienced a similar issue in Rotterdam where an agency (Domica, MaxRentals) charged me € 350 in advance in order to secure the house. I complied and paid in order to get the house. After that I ...
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Netherlands - How can I avoid paying contract costs to real estate agency?

First of all, get some evidence: A signed written requirement is best; a voice recording is good (and make a transcript); a clear email exchange is not so great, but might do. And now for some actual ...
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Netherlands - Rental agency is forcing me to accept a contract

I'm not a lawyer. I'm writing here to give you first support and I hope someone with proper knowledge will help you. Please do not take this answer as final. First, during my living in the ...
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How to get VVE (Vereniging van Eigenaars/Homeowner association) contact details in Holland?

All VVEs must register themselves at the local Chamber of Commerce ("Kamer van Koophandel" or "KVK"). That doesn't mean that all of them do, but a block of flats probably has a registered VVE. You ...
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Is it possible to apply an apartment from boligforening in Denmark before arriving in the country?

Yes, technically it is possible to apply for an apartment from a housing association before arriving in the country. However, you will need to supply a local address, which could be a future address, ...
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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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Is pensioner immigrant from EEA eligible for Housing Benefit in the UK?

Generally speaking, your mother is not entitled to any benefits under current EU rules. Pensioners are free to live wherever they like in the EU but as “non-economically active persons”, which means ...
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Housing in South Korea

Forget about a house, at least in the big cities. They're very rare and for the very, very wealthy. Koreans have developed a taste for high-rises, which come in all kinds of price ranges. Most jobs in ...
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Painting cost and Mietausfall after leaving the apartment

While Mark did a good job at summarising everything relevant concerning the painting cost (€1400 – which you will definitely have to pay unless you somehow manage to prove that that be way above ...
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How do I find a non-vacation house to rent in Puerto Rico?

I put "periódicos de Puerto Rico" to Google and got at least a dozen listings of Puerto Rican newspapers. Went to the classifieds of the first one and found that you can rent a house for anywhere ...
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What are the key factors to consider renting vs. buying real estate in Thailand?

A foreign national cannot own land in Thailand..... But, you can LEASE the land for up to 30 years, and then build what you want on top of it. You can also add a provision to have the right to ...
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US forum/site with opinions on suburbs

http://www.city-data.com/forum/ - you can get responses from people living there. For SF, http://www.city-data.com/forum/san-francisco-oakland/
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Can I apply for a German registration certificate [Meldeschein] as a resident of a flat-share?

Yes. To register you need a confirmation from the landlord called "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung". You can find pre-prints online, also some in English. With that form you register at the "Bürgerbehörde" ...
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Pet friendly housing in Thailand?

Most places are cat-friendly. Only a few of the more pricey condos don't allow pets. Some will restrict the maximum size of dogs. So you see a lot of little yappy dogs. The main issue with cats in ...
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How to safely apartment hunt remotely in the US?

A secure first step might be to find yourself a real-estate agent that can assist you on location. They will generally be able to do all of the paperwork for you and it usually shouldn't cost you ...
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Capital gains on US property while living abroad

For US taxes, you'll be able to utilize the capital gains tax exemption as long as you've lived in the house as your primary residence for 2 of the previous 5 years, which means you have 3 years to ...
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Renting an apartment in Austria: what is a "double broker"?

TL/DR: It's normal. A "normal" non-doppel Makler, when tasked with finding people to buy/rent a realty, is basically a salesperson with the goal to make the landlord happy (and not you). A ...
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Which are good affordable localities to stay for someone working in Coolsingel Rotterdam?

Rotterdam is a safe, expat-friendly city and you can find affordable housing within the city itself. I'm not sure if you are familiar with the Netherlands or not, but in urban areas, you are never ...
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