Hi everyone. We are Americans wishing to move to France. We visited Nantes in early November and found a rental house that we liked. We are retired and have more than enough retirement income to live comfortably and pay rent.
Problem is the rental agency wants a caution, we talked with a bank who is willing to do it after we arrive, but we are not keen on tying up a year or more of rent like that and it would be after the bail is signed.
As an alternative we have offered the rental agency and the owner a payment of one year's rent in advance, but the rental agency is saying that such a payment is illegal. My research is that it is legal if, and only if, proposed by the tenant.
Am I correct? If so, what sources can I use to prove it to the agency that it is legal and acceptable. Thanks in advance.