“I fell into a trap. If I lose my apartment, I lose my income.”

This resident of the Basque Country has become a victim of a surge in the number of furnished rentals. Ironically, it’s also his livelihood. She rents out part of the apartment to tourists (2) and provides concierge services to furnished owners …

This resident of the Basque Country has become a victim of a surge in the number of furnished rentals. Ironically, it’s also his livelihood. She rents out part of the apartment to tourists (2) and she provides concierge services to short-term furnished apartment owners who do not want to do it themselves.

“I am very familiar with the ambiguity of my situation,” she admits. It’s because of them that I’m there, and at the same time I’m alive because of them. It’s a virtuous cycle. Severin’s “they” are internet giants, a rental platform between individuals. By facilitating transactions, they contributed to the growth of this type of rent and sacrificed accommodation throughout the year.

For fear, she just wants to testify anonymously. “If I speak frankly, will my ads continue to be properly placed on these platforms? And what do the lessees who know me say? I may be paranoia, but you Never know … if I don’t have it anymore, I don’t have anything anymore. I’m on the street. She recently approached finding a way there.

Panic wins

The studio where she lived in the Basque coastal town for nearly 10 years is for sale. “Her buyers wanted a short-term furnished rental,” she sighed. She has 6 months left. Completely confused, she struggles to find a new roof. Between a shortage of goods and a price that is too high for her budget, she hits a wall.

It’s been a few weeks. From disappointment to disappointment, the panic wins. “I saw myself on the street. I was just thinking about it. It became compulsive. There are only accommodations that have student debt left to clear in June. , There was nothing permanent. »»

At the same time, she has just begun to work for people renting through major short-term furnished rental platforms. Séverine manages the arrival and departure of vacationers, inventory of equipment, cleaning and laundry of owners.

“I work for the rich, and I have no choice but to be able to work for them: I have to live in them.

This feature pleases him more than his previous maintenance work, but he remains parked at accommodation near the client. She has neither a car nor a driver’s license. “I work for the rich, and I have no choice but to be able to work for them. I live between them, or at least not too far away. You have to live in, “she breathes.

Just before the ax falls, the owner looking for a “serious tenant”, especially a “stayer”, agrees to rent him a T1 for around € 600.

Night in a small hole

She has little choice but to sublease her bed to put butter in spinach and be able to pay the rent. She goes through the platform. Severin wants to be positive. “Thanks to that, I met many wonderful people, very different people, many young people.” The low price is attractive. The vacationer’s success happens soon. She has her own storage room. Turned into a bedroom without windows. When welcoming guests, she sleeps there, at least when the night is calm.

There is a row of doors in the hallway of his building. Almost everyone overlooks an apartment that is vacant for months of the year. “But on holidays and weekends, we have new neighbors every day,” says Severin. Passersby who come to make the most of their stay. Not all of them respect the tranquility and sleep of others.

She describes people who constantly enter and exit, take the wrong door and try to open it themselves, sing and push decibels for odd hours, and vomit on the front door mat.

Severin has accumulated the pitfalls and inconveniences of becoming a textbook case. She dreams of living peacefully somewhere else, but she feels she’s stuck. “I fell into a trap. If I lose my house, I lose my income. »»