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How much deposit must I pay when I rent a property?

When you rent a property, the Rental Agreement will specify how much deposit is required and what date you must pay it by. Every property on Rentals France is managed by its owner and each Rental Agreement will be slightly different.

In most circumstances, the Rental Agreement will require a booking a deposit of 10%-50% to confirm the reservation. The full payment is normally required 8 weeks prior to arrival. It is important that you send your payments as specified in the Rental Agreement otherwise you may lose your reservation and/or your booking deposit.

In addition to the booking deposit, you will also be asked to provide a refundable security deposit either at the time of booking or upon arrival. Specifics related to the security deposit, including property maintenance, damages and additional fees such as telephone charges, should be detailed in the Rental Agreement.

What happens when I leave the property?

The check-out policy should be part of the instructions you are provided. Since cleaning standards vary, it is important to know how much the owners expect you to clean up prior to departure. At minimum, the rental should be left tidy.

When you are ready to leave, the owner or their representative should check you out of the property, and assuming there is no damage, will refund your security deposit, either on the spot or within a couple of weeks.

What if there is a problem during my holiday?

It is in your best interest and the owner's interest to fix any problems immediately. Contact information for the owner or their local representative should be included in pre-arrival instructions and also listed in a document at the property. The person you have been directed to contact will be your best resource to quickly resolve any issues.

How are cancellation and refunds handled?

Your Rental Agreement should clearly communicate penalties associated with canceling your rental contract.

Note that cancellations due to weather conditions are not usually permitted unless specified in the Rental Agreement.

Travel insurance can protect your vacation deposit if unforeseen circumstances require you to cancel your trip.

Where can I find details on check-in times?
The Rental Agreement that the owner sends you should have check-in and checkout times, maximum occupancy, pet policies, cancellation conditions, and maintenance of the property.
What type of pre arrival instructions should I expect?

You should be provided with either a key or the name of the person who will greet you at the property. You should also be given the name and telephone number of someone at the location who you can contact if anything goes wrong.

If a security deposit is due on arrival, this is normally required in cash (probably Euros) or traveler's cheque.

What about travel arrangements to and from the property?

The property owner will be able to help you arrange travel to and from the property. They will give you advice upon the most convenient airports, car rentals, and alternative transportation options.

Special parking requirements and parking passes should be detailed in the Rental Agreement and included in pre-arrival instructions.

Can I list my French property on your website?
We would be delighted to advertise your property on Rentals France!We have been helping property owners rent their property since 1999. It is easy to get started. You can find out more here.
Why should I advertise my property here?

Rentals France has been operating since 1999. We have been a leader in French property rentals for a long time. Our site receives many thousands of visitors every month and our advertisement service is excellent value.

  • No limit to the number of photos you show.
  • No limit to the description you make.
  • Simple online editing tools for your webpage.
  • An immediate email of any inquiries made for your property.
  • Your own secure page showing all enquiries.
  • Links from our site directly to yours.
  • Total flexibility of how you advertise.
Adding your property to this website is easy. Plus, you pay nothing until:
  • You are satisfied everything is correct.
  • You are ready to reply to enquiries.
  • You have chosen your advertising plan.
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