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Jul 13, 2014

Rental returns in Paris are disappointing

Last Updated: Jul. 13, 2014
PARIS - Apartments COST (€) YIELD (p.a.) PRICE/SQ.M. (€)
40 sq. m. 490,160 1,640 4.01% 12,254 40.99
80 sq. m. 1,062,000 2,892 3.27% 13,275 36.15
120 sq. m. 1,636,680 3,938 2.89% 13,639 32.82
200 sq. m. 2,669,000 7,212 3.24% 13,345 36.06
Districts researched:
Paris: 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 16th, and 17th arrondissements
Source: Global Property Guide Definitions: Data FAQ See also: Update Schedule

The good news is that if you have an apartment in Paris you will have no trouble letting it.  Demand outstrips supply, the main reason that rents are not higher being that French rental contracts are often long-term and there are legal restrictions on raising rents during the contract.

However gross rental yields from apartments in Paris are poor, at around 4.0% for small apartments and 3.25% for big apartments (however it is fair to say that our Paris yields results arguably may not reflect yields in less desirable locations, which are likely to be higher, because our sample focuses on Paris´ high-end city centre).

The average price of apartments in these locations ranges from EUR 12,000 to EUR 13,600 per sq. m., or EUR 1,115 to EUR 1,263 per sq. ft. Smaller apartments tend to cost less.

The average monthly rent ranges from EUR 31 to EUR 36 per sq. m., or EUR 2.9 to EUR 2.35 per sq. ft.  Smaller apartments tend to cost more.

Round trip transaction costs are high on residential property in France.  See our French residential property transaction costs analysis and our Transaction costs in France compared to other countries.


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