We’re coming to the end of the 3-year lease on our apartment. The bail was prepared by the agents in Caen who acted on her behalf (for which we paid a fee); the rent has always been paid promptly to a local firm of notaires.
A few months ago the owner told us she was selling up and introduced her prospective buyer. They then offered us the option to stay on and we verbally agreed a new rent with the buyer, at an increase of €130 per month.
But we have heard nothing more from either party, despite two emails to the current owner.
On moving in we paid for the full month of August 2016, but the lease did not start until the 10th. So we assume that we do not have to pay for the period 1-9 August this year.
But what happens next? Do we simply stay put and offer her the rent for the rest of the month at the existing rate?
Will the new owner be entitled to ask for a guarantee or deposit in addition to the first month’s rent?