In August, I plan to visit and sign papers to rent a place I found at http://rentaplaceinfrance.com (thanks, @Mark !!) It is furnished, and available for a long-term “let.” I’d like to give a bit of background and see if anyone can offer advice or thoughts on whether this sounds bona fide or not… I might be too eager, so thanks in advance for your kind and helpful regard.
First, my intent in renting, is ultimately to find a a permanent address in France. I don’t have a French bank account, so I plan on renting from some (rather nice-sounding) folks who are willing to accept my (small but steady) trust fund as proof of adequate income. It’s at the edge of a small town in the country, so I will need a car. I admit to acting a bit on faith; I so want to have that foot in the door. Living for a year in France would allow for exploring, getting a French bank account, and getting the paperwork done. Perhaps I’m too eager for this to work? What do you think of the requirement that, in order to pay for the first/last, I need to wire the money to the owners, to their account in the UK? Is that bona fide?
In fact, the owners have not exactly mentioned a lease agreement (but they did indicate that there would be documents to sign).
The nicest part: Once I pay the first/last (indicating my serious intent to rent) they are willing to provide a letter stating that I am renting, to the French consulate. I need this as part of the application process for the long-term visa.
Anyway. They seem like nice people. At the risk of providing too much info, here’s an excerpt from the message I’d received about a month ago via email:
…“It is an old farmhouse (there has been a farmhouse here since the 12th century, but our house is not that old - perhaps just 250 years or so) up our private drive. We are about a kilometre and a half from the village where … It’s a very short drive or a 30 minute walk down our leafy lane to the heart of the village.
You are absolutely right to rent a car, as our nearest town is about 20 minutes drive away. For car rental, you have a choice between the usual big names - Hertz, Europcar, Avis, which you should be able to pick up and drop off most places or you could rent a car from the local garage at Menigoute (cheaper but not flexible on drop off) to whom Simon can introduce you if you would like.”
So, I haven’t figured out what it would cost to hire a car from the garage at Menigoute…
I’ve been reading SF about the new CT requirements. I can afford to buy an inexpensive used car but maybe I shouldn’t. Perhaps an electric bike would suffice (with occasional rental car from the garage at Menigoute…). Thanks for reading all of this