If you are looking for a long term rental in the South of France, perhaps whilst you search for a house to buy or come for a long vacation, then we have a If you are looking for houses for long term rental in South France during 2018, then we have a number of properties. The mild winters and easy transport connections make the South of France the perfect destination for a long term rental. What is more without the crowds of summer tourists, you can have the beaches to yourself and visiting the village markets becomes a real delight as you have the time to talk to the stall holders and sample their produce. Whilst some restaurants do close down in the winter, it has to be said that the better ones stay open all year around.
At Go Languedoc we visit all of our long term rental properties to make sure that they are properly equipped for rental all year around. You will see some items below that we offer as a checklist when you are considering a long term rental. Most of these points have been learned from both renting properties long term ourselves and also gained from arranging long term rental contracts over the last 9 years.
Go Languedoc's long term rentals in the South of France:
La Remise is a stunning stone cottage available for long term rentals in France. The cottage provides comfortable accommodation for a couple and is ideal for house hunters or just for a long vacation. Situated amongst the vineyards in the famous Saint Chinian wine region, La Remise is located just on the outskirts of the wine producing village of Cébezan. The village dates back to 859 AD and was originally founded by Benedictine Monks. Cébezan has a population of around 500 people..
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This beautiful stone built property near Pezenas, France, is available for 12 month long term rentals throughout the year. This spacious 3 storey property with a private pool provides very comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people in the heart of the conservation area of this charming 11th century village. The property is located on the circular Autour du Chateau, an ancient street surrounding the former Abbey. This popular village is situated just 4km from Pezenas in the Languedoc region of the South of France. The village is 15 minutes from the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean. Within walking distance you will find a restaurant, shop, wine cellar, cafe-bar, boulangerie, newsagent, hairdresser and spa.
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This beautiful French property for long term rentals in South France, is located in the wine-making village of Gabian. The village is surrounded by vineyards in all directions and the nearby Faugeres wine appellation produces some of the best wines in the South of France. This stylish 4 bedroom long term rentals property comes with two large balconies, air conditioning, WiFi, satellite TV, a wood burner and a lovely open plan living room and kitchen. What immediately strikes you as you enter the house is the feeling of space and light throughout. The property has been lovingly restored by the Owner (who it is no surprise, is an Interior Designer). Gabian is a small village, but it contains a good range of services including a cafe-bar, bar-restaurant, pharmacy, boulangerie, small shop, wine cellar, school and a local Doctor. The nearby town of Roujan (3kms) contains a large range of facilities including, supermarket, garage, high school, medical centre, cafes and restaurants. The coast is 35 mins drive and the surrounding area has some of the best cycling and hiking routes in France. This French property is available for long term rentals throughout the year; including over the summer season (minimum rental period is 3 months).
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This beautifully renovated long term property rental in South France is an amazing place to be based for a long stay in France. Le Sanglier is a 2 bedroom property located in a former farmhouse overlooking a small valley on the edge of the Black Mountains in the Languedoc region of South France. This property offers the perfect opportunity to chill-out, relax and enjoy the surrounding countryside. This South facing long term rental property overlooks a terrace with stunning views over the mountains. The property is newly renovated and comes with a fitted kitchen (including washing machine), gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, satellite TV, wifi (paid extra) and log burner.
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This South France long term rentals property is located in the picturesque village of Péret in the Languedoc region. The property is modern inside and contains a spacious lounge, well-equipped kitchen and a large en-suite double bedroom. The property also comes with a large garden (40m2) which includes a nice patio table and parasols. The property is south-facing and enjoys warm sunshine throughout the year. The property is located in a quiet area on the edge of the village, but it is still within walking distance to the centre of the village. Péret is a small, traditional wine-making village, situated between the mountains and the sea, close to Clermont l'Hérault and Pézenas and less than 10 minutes away from the main highway, the A75. This makes it very easy to reach the beaches and to explore the Languedoc region.
Checklist of questions for long term rentals ?
Q. What to look for in a house for Long Term rental in South France?
- Good cooking facilities
- Large refrigerator/freezer
- Washing machine/dryer
- Telephone & internet
- Indoor & outdoor seating
- Close to a Supermarket
- Car parking
- Heating for winter
Q. What is the area like in the winter?
Many French towns and villages are quite different once the tourists have left at the end of summer. If you are renting 'out of season' just ask the question? A Long term let is different from a holiday rental and you want to make sure that you see more than one person a day. Even our village, Nezignan L'Eveque, which is a lively little place gets noticeably quieter from October through to March with about 20% of the houses closed up. So just make sure that your proposed long term rental does offer some signs of life in the winter months
Q. Is the holiday home equipped for a long term rental?
What linen and crockery is provided and is it sufficient? Is there decent lighting for those longer winter evenings? Is there enough storage facilities? Is there adequate heating for the winter months? Many holiday homes in the South of France are very simply equipped and lack decent insulation. Whilst open beamed roofs exposing the clay ceiling tiles maybe charming in the summer, you will not think so in the midst of winter. Our previous long term rental house was like a fridge in the winter. Also check that the fireplace works. All landlords in France have to get a certificate proving that the chimney is useable. Another trick to be wary of is to be proudly shown the electric wall heaters in every room as proof that the house is suitable for a long term let. If you are renting a house long term in France over the winter don't even think of turning these heaters on! - they drain money quicker than they heat up the room. Electricity in France is ruinously expensive. Everyone down here in the winter either picks up drift wood off the beach (there is huge quantities of it after there has been a storm), burns vine wood (burns well and gives off a beautiful smell) or uses small oil or gas cylinder heaters. I am sure that you will be fine, but it is better to be warned in advance.
Q. What is included in the long term rental cost?
How and when are utilities charged ? What extras do you need to pay for: logs, linen, gas cylinders? Are local taxes included? Ensure you are fully advised as to what exactly is included in your monthly rental and what is payable as an extra. In France there are two property taxes, (taxe d'habitacion and taxe fonciere - see French property taxes) make sure that you don't get stuck for either of them within your long term rental contract. Get the Landlord to pay.
Q. What deposit is required for the long term rental and when?
Ah, this is a real moot point with us. We rented a house long term in France for 14 months. Everything was sweetness and light until we came to move out and our Landlord turned into Dr Jackal. In particular be wary of clauses in the rental contract that call for you to "return the property back to the condition in which you found it" as this makes no allowance for wear and tear and you could find, like we did, that the most unbelievable deductions are taken out of your deposit. We almost ended up in court over the matter. Again you shouldn't find too many problems and most Landlords are reasonable people, but make sure you check through your long term rental contract thoroughly before signing it.
Where to next . . . ?
I hope that this article has provided you with some good ideas about the types of properties available for long term rentals in France. If you would now like to search for rental properties currently available in South France, please follow the links below:
- Long term rentals under €600 pcm to rent in 2018
- All year around long term rentals in France
- Long term rentals France pet friendly
If you would like some more detailed information about renting long term in France, then just drop us a quick message and we will come straight back to you. I wish you a wonderful stay in the South of France.
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