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.