We're currently renting a Gite in the Gers. Its lovely and our landlords seemed very nice, giving us lots of tips and advice which helped speed up our seetling in and getting on with things no end. They were very accommodating in changing the day our rent was due to match the day we get paid each month.Throughout the winter we saw little of them as they tend to batton down the hatches as it were, however, now spring has sprung, they are very mcuh out and about. And are suddenly springing rules and regs on us that we should surely have been notified of from the get go. we are not noisy or intrusive i might ad, but we are a family with 3 children. My son is not allowed bounce a ball as the "noise is irritating". I accepetd this as they arent young and i understand how these things can get annoying. But now he is not allowed skateboard as it is dangerous!! We are not allowed to have friends over to play in the pool as its "illegal", eventhough when agreeing the lease we were told they didnt use the pool at all and it was for us and now we have been told that we have to pay for the running costs of the pool. Surely this should have been stated in the lease? When we approached them on these issues, they actually started shouting us down, wagging a finger in my husbands face (literally) and told us to give notice if we didnt like it. They are very defensive and won't sit down and discuss things out in the open, on the terrace in a reasonable manner.
Meanwhile its all very civilized, we salute each other and chat and pass the time of day. we sincerely dont want to fall out with them. We are actively looking for a more permanent property, but its the not the best time of year to look for a long term let, and we only want to move when we find the perfect place, as to move too move would be unsettling for the children. I'm anxious they could turn around and give us notice and we'll end up in a difficult situation, but we also feel very uncomfortable here now and very unwelcome.
Any advice welcome :)
How long is your contract for? Is it a 3 year lease and is it rented furnished? Regarding charges for the pool - it seems rather woolly about who should pay when I searched on the net - some say yes and some say no. See this link for example:
If you want some independent advice speak to your local ADIL (click on the box on the right of the website below to find if there's one in your area) who provide free help for tenants and landlords - they will also act as a conciliation service for disputes.
However, if your landlord is becoming difficult maybe it's time just to move on....especially if the kids can't even play outside anymore. Maybe they're trying to get you to leave for some reason?
Good luck - let us know how it goes.