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Old 24th October 2015, 06:31 PM
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We're planning a one-month stay in Montpellier as a precursor to a three-month stay to determine if we can make the transition from tourist to resident.

I've been using HouseTrip.com to search for apartments and it seems legit, although I'm having trouble getting all the information we want. Does anyone have any experience with them? Are there other sites that people have had good experiences with?

Essentials: being close to cafes where I can have my morning espresso and read the International Times (until I can improve my French to the point where I'm reading Le Monde, LOL,) close to local shops, and a terrace or balcony where we can simply enjoy the atmosphere. Also, it can't be higher than the 1st floor unless there's an elevator. Not asking for much...

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I have used VRBO in the past VRBO - Montpellier Vacation Rentals

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Thanks, I'll give them a look although they seem to be more short-term rentals. Alas, more work for the wearied, LOL.

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Also try Airbnb. Like VRBO they are short term but often you can inquire for longer term.

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Just be sure of your terminology here - "short term" rental in France generally means a furnished place with rental up to one year. Rents may be quoted by the day or week, although there seem to be more and more furnished places going onto the market these days by the year.

Long-term here is a full 3 year lease for an unfurnished place.

What you're looking for is basically a holiday or vacation rental.
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You can generally take vacation rentals for a few days, a few weeks or even a few months - it just depends on bookings. Off-season you can often negotiate lower rents for 'long' bookings. VRBO has a calendar for each property showing bookings/vacancies and you contact and deal direct with the owner or the owner's representative.

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