15 beautiful long term rentals France to rent during 2019

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long term rentals france475bIf you are looking for long term rentals in France, perhaps whilst you search for a house to buy or come for a long vacation, then we have a number of French properties suitable for monthly long term lets. At Go Languedoc we make sure that all our long term rental properties are properly equipped for extended rentals, especially over the winter months. You will see some items below that offer a useful checklist on what to look out for if you are considering a long term rental in France. 

We advertise properties for long term rental all across the South of France from Cote d'Azur and Provence in the east to Occitanie, the new administrative region in France which amalgamates the Languedoc Region and the Midi-Pyrenees. We also have a number of properties in the Dordogne. We have been arranging long term rentals in France for the last 12 years, so we have developed a good understanding of the local market, in terms of prices, suitability and the legal requirements.

Checklist questions for Long term rentals France ?

 

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 - what goes on here during the winter?

A Long term rental 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

 

Is the holiday home equipped for a long term rental?

When looking at potential long term rental properties it is always a good idea to have a mental checklist of:

  • 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?

Heating: 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 use-able. 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 rental. 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.

 

What to look for in a Long Term rentals, France?

From our own experience, the key items to look for when considering a long term rental in France are:

  • Kitchen - check that it is equipped with good cooking facilities, large refrigerator/freezer and cooking utensils
  • Washing machine/dryer - most properties in France do not come with Tumble Dryers
  • Mobile/cellphone coverage - see below
  • Internet speed - especially important if you intend to work remotely from France or watch on demand TV/stream films (see below)
  • Outdoor space - this is probably more important in the winter than the summer months. I always tell people I live in France because of the mild winters not the hot summers. You want to make sure that you can take advantage of that winter sun
  • Services - close to supermarkets, vets, doctors, hair dresser, bars, restaurants, etc. Being stuck halfway up a mountain is idyllic in the summer, but it can be a grind in the winter
  • Car parking - most village houses or properties in towns will not come with private parking
  • Heating system for winter months - in the South of France you only really need heating for 2-3 months a year, so Gas or Oil central heating systems are quite rare (and also expensive). In our own house we rely on a wood burner and portable oil fan heaters which work just fine.

Internet speed: there is a website where you can test the internet speed from different providers for every village (see www.ariase.com).

Mobile/cellphone coverage: I think we live in the only house in France that cannot pick up 3G coverage. My office is in the basement and I have to leave my mobile phone on the first floor of the house to get any decent reception. Again, there is a very handy website where you can check the mobile cellphone coverage by each village (see www.ariase.com).

 

 

What is included in the long term rental cost?

Ensure you are fully advised as to what exactly is included in your monthly rental and what is payable as an extra.

  • How and when are utilities charged ?
  • What extras do you need to pay for: logs, linen, gas cylinders?
  • Are local taxes included? 

Utilities: most of the long term rental properties that we advertise do not include utility costs within the rental price. We encourage most of our property Owners to charge a monthly provision towards the utility costs (sort of an estimate of what the average monthly bills will amount to). Then every quarter the Owner provides a statement of what has actually been charged. The Owner and the Tenant can then 'settle up' the over-payment or under-payment. As a rough guide, we advise customers to budget for around 15%-17% of the monthly rental price as an estimate of what would normally be paid for utility bills. Thus a for 2 bed house renting long term for €700 pcm - the bills will normally come to around €115 per month. For a 4 bed long term rental property at €1250 pcm, the bills will be in the region of €185 per month. The winter months will be higher due to heating costs and the Spring and Autumn will be lower. Nowadays in France, most of the utility bills are charged based on an annual fixed price contract (for water, electricity, telephone and internet), so the Owner should be able to give you a fairly accurate estimate of the likely bills.

Extras: we apply a fairly commonsense rule that if you have consumed it, you should pay for it. As an example, in France most gas hobs are run off a butane gas cylander that you buy at a local garage. These generally last for around 4 months. Most landlords will expect you to replace this gas cylander (around €25) if it runs out.

Taxes: In France there are two property taxes (taxe d'habitation and taxe fonciere). The taxe fonciere is always paid by the property owner. The taxe d'habitation is a local community tax that is used to pay for local services like garbage collection, street lighting and the TV licence fee. The tax is charged based on the size of the property and also the financial circumstances of the residents and whether you have children. The tax varies from commune to commune, so it is difficult to provide an estimate of what the cost will be. The calculation of the tax is hellishly complicated, but just to give you a rough guide, we pay around €1200 per year for a 4 bed villa (but we also have 3 children). I would probably say that €800 per year is the average for a 2-3 bed house and €350-500 for a 1-2 bed property. In terms of long term rentals, the question always arises of who is liable to pay the tax. It becomes even more complex for long term rentals under 12 months. In theory, French law dictates that whoever is present in the property on 1 January is liable to pay the taxe d'habitation for that year. So most of our landlords will say "Oh, the tenant has to pay the taxe d'habitation". However, what the landlord forgets to realise is that this 'rule' is based on the assumption/condition, that the person resident in the house on 1 January is a permanent resident or semi-permanent resident, i.e.; they are going to stay for a full calendar year. If the tenant is only going to be staying for part of the year, then our advice is that the Landlord should pay the taxe d'habitation. Indeed you could even argue that because most long term rentals under 12 months are usually organised according to a holiday rental contract, then this is a temporary status and therefore the tenant should not pay anything. We tend to try and come to a compromise with our rentals. If the rental period is less than 6 months, the property Owner should pay the tax. If the rental period is longer than 6 months, then the tenant should make a contribution towards the tax.

 

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.

 

Go Languedoc's Long term rentals France:

Here is a selection of the 15 most beautiful long term rentals in France that are currently available for monthly rentals on Go Languedoc. If you would like to enquire about any of these houses for long term rent in France or if you have any particular rental requirements that you would like to discuss with us, then please send us a message at long term rent france

 

1. La Remise long term rentals in France sleeps 2

long term rental in franceLa 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. The property comes with

  • 1 bedroom with en suite bathroom
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Large private terrace
  • WiFi and TV

This property is available for monthly rentals between October and April each year. The long term rental prices start at €600 pcm + bills.

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2. French Riviera villa rental long term France (Ref: 1622)

French Riviera villa rental long term FranceIf you are looking for houses in Cote d'Azur to rent long term, then this 4 bedroom house in Mougins is perfect. The house is located just a short walk to the centre of the town and it is a perfect base for a longer term let. The main benefits of this house are:

  • private pool
  • central heating
  • maid service and gardener
  • 25 mins to Nice airport
  • 15 mins to Cannes
  • Beaches just a short drive
  • Very convenient for Sophia Antipolis technology park

This house in Mougins, France is available for rent from 3 months to up to 1 year. The house is currently available to rent from 1 December 2018. The monthly rent will vary according to the length of the rental period and the season

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3. Neffies villa for long term rentals Southern France (Ref: 1672)

Neffies large villa to rent long term FranceThis large 5 bedroom villa for long term rentals is perfect for a long stay in Southern France over the winter period. This beautiful sunny villa is located in the pretty Southern France village of Neffies, near Pezeas and the Languedoc coast. The villa has a large swimming pool, together with a separate spa pool. There is a large garden with plenty of privacy, a spacious lounge, well-equipped kitchen and a games room. This long term rentals villa is a pleasant 5 minute stroll into the village, where you will find an excellent restaurant, bar, wine cave, shop, tennis court and playground. The villa comes with secure parking, air conditioning (reversible), WiFi and UK satellite TV. The beaches are 30 mins away and nearby there is superb walking, cycling, riding, windsurfing, sailing, tennis and golf.

This large long term villa rental in Southern France features:

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 9m x 4m heated private pool
  • Spacious interior (235m²)
  • Jacuzzi spa
  • Air conditioning + central heating
  • Private parking for 3-4 cars
  • WiFi and flat screen TV
  • Large private garden (3111m²)
  • 40m² games room with table football & bar
  • Walking distance to boulangerie, restaurants

The villa is available for monthly rentals from October through to May (the villa is not available during the high season period). In addition to the monthly prices, there is a monthly provision of €350 towards the electricity, water, internet and communal taxes.

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4. Aix-en-Provence long term rentals villa in France (Ref: 1641)

Aix-en-Provence long term rentals FranceThis stunning Aix-en-Provence villa for long term rentals in France, is available for monthly rentals between January 2019 and January 2020. This modern family villa has been fully renovated and extended and it is situated in a charming village just 10 mins from the beautiful town of Aix en Provence. The villa comes with :

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Private heated pool
  • Nice garden
  • Stunning professional standard kitchen with modern appliances
  • Beautiful open plan living room with cathedral ceiling
  • Central heating for the cooler winter months
  • Satellite TV channels and WiFi

This Aix-en-Provence villa is available for monthly rentals up to 12 months from €2750 to €3850 pcm + bills.

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5. Wooden villa rental property in France, Corconne near Nimes (Ref: 1237)

Nimes long rentals FranceThis long term villa rental property in France is located in the village of Corconne, near Quissac and Nimes. This eco-friendly villa has recently been modernised and comes with a fantastic views over the vineyards in the Pic Saint Loup wine region. The villa is also close to the beautiful village of Sauve, full of restaurants and shops. Situated on a hillside, this villa is an 'upside down house' with the main bedrooms on the ground floor with direct access to the pool terrace. The living rooms are up on the first floor and provide wonderful views in all directions. The open plan living room/kitchen and dining room has comfortable seating, WiFi internet and satellite TV. The kitchen is equipped with oven, hob, fridge freezer, dish washer and washing machine. The kitchen comes with an island with seating. The dining room table comes with 8 chairs. This wonderful long term rental property in France comes with:

  • 4 bedrooms, including the Master suite with en suite shower room and dressing. 
  • 2 further bathrooms
  • large wooden deck
  • private pool
  • stunning views
  • walking distance to shop, boulangerie and restaurant

This stylish long term rental property is available for monthly rentals between October and April each year. The monthly rental price is €1500 + bills.

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6. 4 bed house for long term rentals in Belarga, France (Ref: 1674)

4 bed house for long term rentals in FranceThis gorgeous 4 bed house in Belarga, South France is available for long term rentals for 3, 6 and 12 months. The house is situated in a peaceful village of Belarga, 5 minutes from Pezenas, 20 mins from beach. Just a few minutes walk from the house takes you to the river Herault for fishing and swimming in the summer. The property offers a large roof terrace, 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large living room and well-equipped kitchen. The house contains:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Large roof terrace
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • WiFi and flat screen TV
  • Large living room
  • Pet friendly
  • Walking distance to boulangerie and cafe 

This house is available to rent from November 2018 and the Owner will consider rental periods of 12 months. The guide rental price is €900 pcm + bills.

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7. Maison des Chasseurs house to rent in South France long term (Ref: 1590)

Large house to rent near Beziers FranceMaison des Chasseurs is a beautiful old town house to rent in South France for long term rentals between 3 and 9 months. The house can sleep up to 12 people in 6 bedrooms and provides comfortable accommodation for a large family or people with frequent guests. The house retains many period features and comes with a large terrace, pool and private parking. In the Southern France town of Lespignan you can enjoy endless days of sunshine, fine cuisine and delicious wines from the world´s largest wine region (Languedoc-Roussillon). Lespignan is just 10 kms from the beach at Valras Plage and 10 km from the city of Beziers.:

  • 6 bedrooms (sleeps 12)
  • 5 mins to Beziers
  • 15 mins to beaches
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Pet friendly
  • Central heating
  • WiFi and flat screen TV
  • Easy access to shops, restaurants
  • Private pool and sauna
  • 5 mins to Beziers airport 

This house is available to rent between October and May and the Owner will consider rental periods of 3-9 months. The guide rental price is €1650 pcm + bills.

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8. Cote d'Azur monthly villa rentals South France (Ref: 1666)

Cote d Azur monthly rentals South FranceA high quality 4 bedroom long term rentals villa on the French Riviera. The villa has been finished to a very high standard and comes with air conditioning throughout. It provides very comfortable accommodation for up to 8 people. The villa is located in a quiet residential area just below the delightful village of Chateauneuf-de-Grasse, close to Grasse. The villa is built on a large plot of 1 hectare, surrounded by trees and views back up to the village. The nearest beach is just 13 kms and there are 3 excellent golf courses within 15mins drive. This property for long term rentals comprises:

  • 3 bathrooms
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 13m x 8m heated private pool
  • Private off-street parking for 2 cars
  • WiFi and flat screen TV
  • Large landscaped garden
  • Walking distance to boulangerie, cafes, restaurants

This Chateauneuf-de-Grasse villa for long term rentals is available to rent between October and April. The monthly rental prices are between €2950 to €3850 pcm depending on length of stay.

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9. Long term rental near Uzes South of France (Ref: 302)

France long term rentals near UzesThis long term rental near Uzes, South of France is an 18th century stone houses in a typical Provencal hillside village facing all-day sun. It is covered in vines, has a huge walled garden, a swimming pool and a large terrace. The long term rental is in St Maximin which is a few minutes form the wonderful town of Uzes and near the Pont du Gard and Nimes. A great location to visit the sites of the Languedoc region whether on an extended holiday or house hunting.

The property comes with:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Private terrace
  • Roof top terrace
  • Sharde swimming pool

This Provencal long term rental property is available to rent monthly from €1000 pcm + bills. Higher prices will apply during the summer period.

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10. French country cottage to rent long term near Carcassonne (Ref: 1584)

Carcassonne long term rentals FranceThis beautiful French country cottage to rent long term is located in a rural setting, 20 minutes north of the city of Carcassonne. The property is near the towns of Mazamet and Castres (which is the capital of the Tarn department). The interior features exposed stonework, original beams and wood-burning stoves. The Owners will accept dogs and pets by prior arrangement. The cottage is located in a small hamlet and is the perfect location for nature lovers looking for a peaceful and quiet long term rental property. The cottage comes with:

  • 3 bedrooms 
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Beautiful exposed stone work and beams
  • Lovely kitchen
  • Private parking
  • Terrace

This French country cottage is available for long term rentals all year around. The monthly rental prices start from €900 pcm + bills.

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11. 2 bed long term rent house near Montpellier, France (Ref: 1635)

Montpellier house for rent rent in FranceThis modern house to rent in France, is only a 20 mins drive to the centre of Montpellier. However, it feels like you are a million miles away. The house is located in an Oak forest, close to the famous Pic St Loup montain. The house has stunning views of Pic St Loup and there are many local walking trails. The house contains:

  • 2 double bedrooms (both en-suite)
  • 2 terraces
  • Access to the Owner's stunning infinity swimming pool
  • Comfortable open plan living room with fitted kitchen
  • WiFi and TV
  • Pets accepted (limited to one small dog)

This house is available to rent from October 2018 and the Owner will consider rental periods of 3-9 months. The guide rental price is €800 pcm + bills.

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12. Belarga property in France to rent long term (5 bedrooms) (Ref: 996)

Belarga pet friendly rentals franceThis beautiful property in France is available to rent long term between mid-September and May each year. The large country house is situated in a peaceful location in the small village of Belarga. The village is just 5 minuites from the historic town of Pezenas and 20 mins from the beach. Just a few minuites walk from the house takes you to the river Herault.

The property offers an enclosed private garden (800 m2), pool and shaded terrace. There are 5 Bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and dining room, a stylish living room and 2 bathrooms. If you are looking for a large property in France to rent long term then this house in Belarga is an ideal choice.

The property rents from €1600-1800 pcm + bills (depending on length of stay)

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13. Nezignan L`Eveque long term rental properties in France near Pezenas

Pezenas long term rentalsThis large French long term rentals property sleeps up to 12 people and has been recently sympathetically refurbished to a high standard. There is an inner courtyard with bar and dining area, heated plunge pool (2x3m) and 2 terraces with stunning views. The accommodation is in the village of Nezignan L`Eveque, 5km to Pezenas and 15km to the beaches of the Med in the South of France. The house comes with:

  • 5 bedrooms (sleeps 10)
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 2m x 3m heated plunge pool
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Inner courtyard with bar and dining area
  • WiFi and flat screen TV

This long term rental property near to Pezenas is available for long term rentals of 3-6 months from October 2018. The monthly rental price is €2200 + bills per month.

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14. South of France long term rentals property in Peret sleeps 6 (Ref: 1450)

South of France long term rentals propertyThis South of France long term rentals property is a former wine merchant´s house in the picturesque villge of Péret in the Languedoc region.a The property has been renovated to a high standard and it retains many of its original features from the 19th Century. This South of France property comes with lovely views from the top terrace over the village and the vineyards. 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. The house contains:

  • 3 double bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms Lovely terrace with stunning views
  • Private pool
  • Large garden (all enclosed)
  • Fully fitted kitchen
  • WiFi and TV
  • Private garage parking for 3-4 cars
  • Pets accepted through agreement

This house is available to rent from January 2019 to 30 May 2019. The guide rental price is €900 pcm + bills.

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15. Tavel house for long term rental in France near Avignon (Ref: 1628)

Provence house to rent in France long termThis beautiful house in Provence is located just a short drive from the picturesque town of Avignon. The house comes with 3 bedrooms, a stunning terrace and lovely pool area and sun deck. The house is located in the pretty Provencal village of Tavel, famous for producing Rosé wines. The key features of the house include:

  • large kitchen-dining room with access out onto the terrace
  • home office
  • quiet location with views over the vineyards to the hills beyond
  • beautiful private pool
  • walking distance to local school, shops and restaurants
  • Avignon TGV 12 kms
  • Avignon airport 10 mins drive

This Provence house can be rented on a long term basis of 12 months to 2 years. The rental price of €1950 + bills is based around a long rental period taking in the high season rental weeks in July and August. The house currently rents out for €3500 per week in high season.

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Where to next . . . ?

iain pink smallI 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:

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. 

Contact Iain by Email or by phone +33 6 95 00 28 44

 


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