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Hi. I'm looking for some advice on my current dilemma. My family of four (plus two dogs and cat) will be arriving in france at the end of July. We'll be there at least two years, but probably quite a bit longer (10+ years). We want to rent a furnished house (in the western suburbs of Paris) for the first year or two.

So here is my question: would it make more sense to find a short-term rental for 3-4 weeks (our employer will pay for our first 10 days in a hotel) and wait for La rentree when there will be more houses available (as I understand it)? Or should we try for a long-term rental right away (this is attractive because if we find something before we leave, we'll have a better idea of what to ship, as "furnished" can mean so many different things).

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OK, one small glitch here is that in France a furnished rental is considered "short term" and falls under the same laws as a hotel or a gite. An unfurnished rental normally has a lease that runs for 3 years (though there are opt-out points along the way - you just have to give something like 3 months' notice unless you're moving out due to a job transfer or change in jobs) and most of the usual sorts of regulations as a "long term rental" in the US.

If you can't do a serious house-hunting trip this spring, I'd opt for the 10 days in a hotel and see if you could get your employer to at least help with the cost of a relocation service for the house hunting. (Having someone who can translate both the language and the usual terms and conditions of renting can be a huge advantage.)
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Hi,
If the furnished let is your pricipal residence, then under the" loi du 18 Jan 2005", you are entitled to a written contract, and the minimum lease is for 1 year tacitly renewable ; you can end the lease by giving one month notice.

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If you can't do a serious house-hunting trip this spring, I'd opt for the 10 days in a hotel and see if you could get your employer to at least help with the cost of a relocation service for the house hunting. (Having someone who can translate both the language and the usual terms and conditions of renting can be a huge advantage.)
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Okay, thanks. They do provide a relocation service, which I'm sure will help. I guess what I'm mostly wondering is if we're likely to find a better place if we wait until September (by staying in a short-term rental for a bit). Everything I've read makes it sound like many people don't bother listing houses until then. Is that accurate, or would there likely be plenty to choose from in August as well?

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If the furnished let is your pricipal residence, then under the" loi du 18 Jan 2005", you are entitled to a written contract, and the minimum lease is for 1 year tacitly renewable ; you can end the lease by giving one month notice.
Hi, and thanks for your reply. That was what we were thinking of doing. We don't want to rush around buying furniture and appliances right away, and we don't have much of a shipping allowance (after the flights for four and the fees to fly 3 animals over )


Wondering if anyone has done a long-term furnished rental?

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Okay, thanks. They do provide a relocation service, which I'm sure will help. I guess what I'm mostly wondering is if we're likely to find a better place if we wait until September (by staying in a short-term rental for a bit). Everything I've read makes it sound like many people don't bother listing houses until then. Is that accurate, or would there likely be plenty to choose from in August as well?

Thanks!

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Folks with children tend to prefer to move during the summer - often in July so then they can take their vacation in August. The month of August is usually pretty slow throughout France. with even the real estate agents off on vacation. (Not all, though sometimes it seems so.)

September is the big Rentrée - and after the summer holidays things sometimes take a couple of weeks to pick back up to speed. You may want to start contacting the relocation person to get their take on the situation.
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Folks with children tend to prefer to move during the summer - often in July so then they can take their vacation in August. The month of August is usually pretty slow throughout France. with even the real estate agents off on vacation. (Not all, though sometimes it seems so.)

September is the big Rentrée - and after the summer holidays things sometimes take a couple of weeks to pick back up to speed. You may want to start contacting the relocation person to get their take on the situation.
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Thanks Bev, I'll see what they think.

Has anyone tried to rent a place in August? I'd love to hear any stories!

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Hi Caroline,

If you have any luck, or good contacts to share, please let me know. We are also looking around that time frame, but within the southern France area (Montpellier, beach areas south). We were planning on August as well to get kids acclimated first.

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I think long term rentals are good if you want to live at the same place for a long time otherwise always choose short term rentals.You don't know when you need to move.

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Hi Caroline,

If you have any luck, or good contacts to share, please let me know. We are also looking around that time frame, but within the southern France area (Montpellier, beach areas south). We were planning on August as well to get kids acclimated first.

Thanks,
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Hi Ben,

I've decided to go over at the end of June to look at places (rather than find one online and rent sight-unseen). You should see places that will be available August first starting in May (as people need to give 3 months notice). There are already a few that I've seen that are available August 1st. I've been mostly looking on seloger.com, although pap.fr has some options as well.

Good luck and I'll keep you posted!

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