passport number to rent Paris apartment

Oct 7th, 2005, 12:11 PM
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passport number to rent Paris apartment

Hi, is it standard practice for landlords/agencies to ask for a passport number to rent a short-term apartment? Anyone see any problem with providing it?

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Oct 7th, 2005, 12:47 PM
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Sounds a little fishy to me. I've rented in Dijon and was never asked anything about my passport. I won't give out that's like your SS#... you keep that to your self.
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Oct 7th, 2005, 12:53 PM
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I don't see at all that it is like a social security number. It is not tied to your banking, your credit cards, etc. It is required when you check into hotels. The landlord may have to provide it if he/she is not renting to a French citizen.
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Oct 7th, 2005, 01:08 PM
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Hi Isadore! I agree with elaine, if you had stayed in a hotel, they would have asked you. (I used to do that at the Mercure and Holiday Inn in Dijon) hotels are supposed to show them to the police if there is a control (never been asked in many years).
As a private owner I don't think it applies (hope I won't have to..) anyway you don't look like a terrorist! ;-)
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Oct 7th, 2005, 01:11 PM
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I don't think I've ever been asked my passport number when renting a Paris apt., but I've only done it twice. I suppose they just want some official ID for someone, and that is more standard than some driver's license number (and some people don't drive).

I can't think of any reason not to provide it myself. You give it out to a lot of other people, or others see it (like when you buy your airline ticket, etc.). I do know lots of hotels take it down, also, and some countries apparently require hotels to take it down. I don't see any reason someone would give it to a hotel but refuse to give it when renting an apt.
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Oct 7th, 2005, 02:42 PM
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I recently sent Paris Attitude my passport number for an apartment I'm renting next July. I didn't think twice about it. Seems to me I've done that before with other rentals as well.
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Oct 7th, 2005, 03:15 PM
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Thanks to all of you for your help and experience.
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Oct 7th, 2005, 03:27 PM
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I've rented apartments in Paris, South of France, and Ireland and have never once been asked for my passport number. In 1998 my friend was pickpocketed in Amsterdam. She was caught with her hand in my friends purse and we didn't think she got anything. Later my friend relized her money was gone. When she reported it to the police, they stated she was probably going into the purse a second time for the passport. They informed us that they have a problem with illegal immigrants stealing passports. I would check all resources to verify that this is a legitimate rental before I give out my passport number.
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Oct 7th, 2005, 04:50 PM
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In all financial transactions ( in spain, at least) where a bill is provided, one must provide a fiscal number, which for a foreigner will be a passport or National I.D. number.

Not unusual at all.

many other times.. the rents perhaps wee not declared.. thus not needing any billing info for tax department.

you can also give them your driverīs license number if you don't feel good about the other. they just need a number, and won't know the difference IMHO.
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Oct 7th, 2005, 06:06 PM
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Actually stealing a passport, and I guess being able to alter it and use it illegally, that I can see as a motive.
Merely having a number provides no sinister advantages that I can think of. To obtain a new one, one needs to provide other supporting documents.
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Oct 7th, 2005, 06:22 PM
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I'm no expert, but others are confirming my thoughts. Stealing a passport and stealing a passport number have very little in common. Again, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Oct 7th, 2005, 06:56 PM
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I provided my passport number on the rental agreement I signed for a Paris apartment next spring.
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Oct 8th, 2005, 10:56 AM
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Providing a passport number is harmless. Hotels are supposed to ask you for it, and I believe landlords providing short-term rentals may be required to report their rentals to police as well, although I suspect that most don't bother (which is why the request isn't that common).

Don't ever give your passport itself to anyone, however, unless it's a duly authorized agent of the host country with a legitimate need to see it (e.g., the police—hotels are not in this category).
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