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Un­fur­nished rentals are nor­mally let on a re­new­able three-year lease with high lev­els of se­cu­rity for the oc­cu­pier.

The ba­sic law re­gard­ing un­fur­nished rentals dates back to 1989 and is de­signed to pro­tect ten­ants. For ex­am­ple, the jus­ti­fi­able rea­sons for ter­mi­nat­ing a con­tract by the land­lord are se­verely lim­ited.

A num­ber of rental prop­er­ties are ad­ver­tised on­line, on web­sites such as www. sel­oger.com www.ex­plorimmo. com and www.pap.fr or you can con­tact es­tate agents in the area. The ad­van­tage of us­ing an agent is that they will ad­vise you and en­sure things are done legally.

You will need to put to­gether a file to es­tab­lish your fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion and to prove that you are in a po­si­tion to pay the rent. It is usu­ally re­quired that your monthly in­come be three times the value of the rent. If it is less then you may need a guar­an­tor.

You will have to pay a de­posit which is usu­ally one or two months’ rent and should be pro­vided with a ten­ancy agree­ment and an in­ven­tory ( état des lieux).

Ten­ants must pay the taxe d’habi­ta­tion if they were res­i­dent at the property on 1 Jan­uary of that year and are re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the property and car­ry­ing out any mi­nor re­pairs.

The min­i­mum in­sur­ance re­quired by a ten­ant is risques lo­cat­ifs (ten­ant risks) but a more pru­dent pol­icy is for multi-risques d’habi­ta­tion, which in­cludes dam­age or theft to per­sonal be­long­ings.

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