Rent an apartment in Nantes? Good luck!

Here is an excerpt from an article in the Journal Ouest France of September 13, 2017 that perfectly illustrates the saturation of the Nantes rental market. Staying in Nantes has become as complicated as in Paris. Group visits, overwhelmed donors, overwhelmed agencies… The installation of the neo-Nantais is difficult at this time. Explanations. 120 calls in half a day. The owner of a T3 street in Strasbourg ended up cutting off his phone: "He kept ringing. It was awful. He decided to group the visits over three hours. "As of 10 a.m., there were 15 people waiting at the bottom of the building," he said. Those looking for an apartment in Nantes for the start of the school year are in the middle of a struggle. Every day, about twenty listings of rental accommodations appear on the site The Good Corner. And they are stormed. "This is the first year that I have seen such a craze. September is always a busy time, but at this point… " says this owner for more than twenty years. For her T3 district Chantenay, she received forty calls. And accepted fifteen visits. For eight files filed, "five of which are good." In order to be as impartial as possible, in her words, she opted for the draw. Few rotations Why so many traffic jams to stay in Nantes? According to the latest figures from the town hall, the city welcomed 4,047 new households between April 2016 and April 2017. The attractiveness of the territory can be a first explanation. The second is that put forward by the vice-president of the real estate club Nantes Atlantique (Cina), Isabelle Lefeuvre: "There was a smaller rotation in Nantes. The Cina refers to the consequence of the change from three to one month's notice. "It was supposed to smooth the market, but in the end it had the opposite effect. Because people know that in Nantes, goods leave quickly. A form of wait-and-see was born. The head of the rental department of three agencies in Nantes makes the same observation: "Since the end of April, there have been far fewer offers. Last year, the passage of Nantes in a tense zone allowed a significant rotation of the apartments. I even had to provide reinforcements at the agency. The same was expected this year, but no. The explanation of these professionals is to be correlated with the increase in demand, greater than the supply of rental properties. "There are fewer tenants' departures," they note. We had few notice filings compared to the same period last year. »