Living France - - LES PRATIQUES -

“Own­ers will of­ten of­fer long win­ter lets when they are not un­der­tak­ing re­pairs and up­grades and do not of­fer Christ­mas/New Year sep­a­rately.”

“The ben­e­fits to us as own­ers are the ex­tra stream of in­come and en­sur­ing that the prop­erty is aired and se­cure when it might oth­er­wise be left empty. It pays to un­der­stand this when ne­go­ti­at­ing your win­ter rent.”

“Some­times win­ter guests let out their own UK prop­er­ties at a far higher rent than they are pay­ing here in France, so they can en­joy a credit bal­ance while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the real French life.”

“Look for de­tails of lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and events dur­ing win­ter. For ex­am­ple, French mar­kets are a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence for our win­ter guests, and seem to ap­pear even more charm­ing to them.”

“When you com­mu­ni­cate with an owner, ask how help­ful and en­ter­pris­ing they are will­ing to be to sup­port your ‘try-be­fore-you-buy’ ex­pe­ri­ence. Can they give in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal schools, con­nec­tions with es­tate agents, rec­om­men­da­tions for lo­cal ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties or itin­er­ar­ies for get­ting around?”

“We ad­vise win­ter guests with chil­dren to teach them some French in ad­vance and to do as much re­search as pos­si­ble on the French school sys­tem. Par­ents might need to hire a French tu­tor to help their young­sters as­sim­i­late quickly.” Glynis Shaw is joint MD of French Con­nec­tions hol­i­day rentals and prop­erty sales on­line. french­con­nec­tions.co.uk

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