My French husband and I are going to be moving back to France in the spring. We do want to rent before buying. We don’t want to be rushed to buy even though we know the area we want to live in. He was born in France, I will be a French citizen soon. I speak fluent French, (although I am not a perfect speaker of it yet). I am a hairdresser with 30+ years of experience, photos that show my work, plus I would be happy to take any test to show my skill level to a prospective employer. I will also look in other sectors for a job. I will do hair ‘a domicile’ if I don’t get a job in a salon. My husband will probably be on disability or whatever they call it, for he has Parkinson’s. We’d be able to stay with my in-laws for a while, but neither my hubby nor I want to be a burden even though we all get along great and they have the room. We want to find a place ASAP after we move over there.
Having said all that, I heard from people in France, my relatives included, that you need many many documents to prove to the landlord that you will be able to pay the rent every month because it is very hard to evict tenants. I think they even said that if I don’t have a job it would be almost impossible, even though we’ll have money in the bank. This is true especially when dealing with an agency, but you might get lucky if you find someone that’s renting NOT through an agency, and they get a good feeling about you. I accept that this is the way it is in France, I’m looking for anecdotes, advice, tales of woe, or whatever, the more brains involved the better! Maybe one of you have a place to rent next year. Emails are welcome if you want more info about us, or a long story of your own. I love stories.
Thank you everyone