Property

Seasonal lettings

Seasonal lettings are lettings of furnished or unfurnished housing for the maximum duration of a season (e.g. three months).

As their object is not the tenant’s main residence, seasonal lettings are only governed by the provisions of the French civil code.

However, the law of 2000 (decent housing) and of 20th July 2003 (information on natural and technological risks) apply.

The rental agreement for furnished properties

As mentioned before, the law of 6th July 1989 proclaims that the right to a place to live (droit au logement) is essential. As such, the enforcement of the lease is difficult. Indeed, even with a legal title such as a court order, it can be difficult in practice for a landlord to obtain possession of his property even if the lease is legally terminated. This is especially the case when the tenant is having difficulties with relocating.

The rental agreement for unfurnished properties

The unfurnished property is governed by the law of 6th July 1989 which was officially designed to protect tenants (who are entitled to a right to a place to live “droit au logement”). This tendency is still in force as this has been confirmed by the recent laws.

The law of 6th July 1989 applies to unfurnished housing rented as a main residence. Furnished lettings, seasonal lettings and secondary residence lettings are then excluded. The main provisions of the law of 6th July 1989 can be summarised as follows.

The selling process

There are two main legal stages involved in your sale, the first contract (ie: compromis de vente or promesse de vente) and the actual transfer of title, which takes place on signature of the Acte de Vente.

Like as purchasing a property in France, it is advisable to retain the services of a bilingual French lawyer in order to assist you in the process of selling you French property.

The conveyancing Process in France

General information regarding the French legal system

In any purchase of a property in France, consideration must be given at an early stage as there are a number of important issues to take into account such as who is going to purchase the property (you alone? or jointly with your spouse? or though a company? etc.), general and inheritance tax projections, the source of the funds, French inheritance laws, etc.