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 Etoile Business Center
3 rue du Colonel Moll 75017 Paris

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Opera Business Center
3 avenue de l’Opéra 75001

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Commercial domiciliation

The principle of a business address is governed by the decree n° 85-1280 of july 5th 1985.

Using a domiciliation company offers several advantages :

  • the choice of address of its business,
  • the access to many services such as: mail handling services, greeting of visitors, secretarial support, telephone answering service, office rental,meeting rooms,
  • the opportunity to meet with other entrepreneurs
  • an address in line with the business activity.

It is very important to select a domiciliation company approved by the prefecture and member of the French National Business Center Association (SYNAPHE).

The domiciliation agreement

An entity that uses a domiciliation company must sign a domiciliation agreement

Our contract has the following features :

  • a domiciliation agreement that complies to government rules,
  • an agreement in line with SYNAPHE's practices,
  • a three months contract, automatically renewable,
  • Quarterly or annual term payable in advance,
  • a non-refundable advance payable at the beginning of the contract.

Business address : obligations of the parties

Obligations for the domiciliation company

Obligation of the client

  • To be legally registered

Make available to the person domiciled (company) :

  • premises enabling the domiciled person (company) to conduct regular meetings of the bodies of management, administration or supervision of the company,
  • provide adequate premises for the keeping, preservation and consultation of books, records and documents prescribed by law. If a domiciled person (company) keeps his records, he must provide an annual statement mentioning their place of storage.

administrative requirements :

The domiciliation company agrees and undertakes to inform the commercial court, upon the expiry of the agreement.

Legal obligations:

  • according to article L-561-2 of the monetary and financial code, domiciliation companies have a duty of care and make a declaration in cases of suspected activity.
  • the domiciiation company has to put in place a system for assessing and managing risk according to each customer's profile.
  • the identification process should be made before entering into a business relationship, that is to say, before signing the domiciliation agreement;

The client agrees to use effectively the premises:

  • either as the company's headquarter,
  • or as a representative office, liaison office or branch if the headoffice is located abroad.

Undertakes to inform the domiciliation company of any change in its legal form and purpose as well as to provide the name(s) and residence of people with the authority to engage the company.

Mandates the domiciliation company who agrees to receive for it any notifications.

Avantages and disadvantages of domiciliation

Avantages

Disadvantages
  • Easy access (our offices are located in prime business areas and we are open from 8 :30 AM to 19 :00 PM monday to friday).
  • Office installation at a lower cost compared to regular office rental (comparative set-up cost)

Ideal solution to start a business on variable costs versus fixed costs of a tradtional office :

  • Allows to optimize investments by shifting from fixed to variable costs, expenses are proportional to the effective need for space, no long-term lease. Contracts are flexible and can be short term.
  • No need to hire support staff, the business center puts its staff at your service.
  • Separation of business address and private address which can be useful for instance in case of dispute.
  • The domiciliation address appears on all documents of the corporation: payslips, invoices, letter-head, etc..
  • Prevents from administrative proceedures and costs in case of domicile change of the legal representative. The company address can be permanent.

The choice of the address can be strategic and contribute to the company's success.

  • A domiciliation can sometimes be obstacle to open a bank account.
  • Some domiciliation companies are not complying with the laws and consequently can not propose this service. 

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