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unfurnished-rental-property-franceIt is not always easy to find an annual rental property in France. French landlords are very wary of renting property on an unfurnished rental contract because the law in France is firmly on the side of the tenant. There are a number of options for finding furnished (or part-furnished) annual rental properties in France, but this can be difficult if you do not have a French bank account or tax records. Here I explain the process for finding somewhere to rent in France for 12 months or more, as well as highlighting some examples of annual rental properties available to rent at the moment.

Unfurnished annual rental property France 

The most common property rental contract in France is for unfurnished rentals of 3 years. The rental contract is called Contract Location or du Colocation de logement and it runs to over 30 pages including annexes!!! An unfurnished rental property in France is normally just a bare property without a fridge, washing machine, oven or even light bulbs. The law in France is very much on the side of the tenant. Just to give you an insight, it is virtually impossible in France to evict a tenant between October to March, even if they have stopped paying the rent. The story is that in the 1950's, Abbé Pierre, a French Resistance legend and at that time a priest in the Paris suburbs, found a parishioner frozen to death on the streets clutching an eviction notice. He campaigned tirelessly to change the property law to prevent such evictions during the winter months. As noble as Abbé Pierre's intentions were (and I would encourage you to read his fascinating life history on Wikipedia), this has created a real landmine for Landlords. 

We have a property on our sister site, Go Languedoc, which is now available for holiday rentals. Previously, the Owner had rented the property to a French couple. They had paid the rent during the first year, but after that they didn't pay a cent. On the 1st April each year the Owner commenced the eviction proceedings. It took 2 months to get a court hearing date, which was then postponed by 2 months by the tenant. The Judge then decided in the favour of the Owner, but the tenants appealed the decision, until guess what? We were now into October. How long did this process go on for? 5 years!!! Yes 5 years without any rental income and no way of evicting the tenant. All landlords in France have heard these type of horror stories, so they are especially careful when renting property on an annual basis.

If I can provide you with a real example. A good friend of ours was looking to rent an unfurnished villa on annual basis covering an 18 month to 2 year period. We found a suitable rental property for her and it just so happens that we knew the Real Estate agent very well (in fact in the past we had even found the Agent a tenant for own house). So, we have worked in the rental market in France for over 10 years, we personally knew the Real Estate agent and we had personally vouched for our friend. What was the rental contract process like? Well, from start to finish it took 2 months just to complete all the paperwork. Our friend had to provide French translations of her birth certificate, her company partnership agreement, a letter of reference from 2 previous landlords, copies of banks statements from the previous 18 months and a letter of recommendation from her French bank Manager. I am not making any of this up by the way, but it goes on!!! She also had to pay 1 years rent up front (with no rental reduction), she had to pay a 2 month security deposit and she had to place the 2nd year's rent into an escrow account. It was only then that she got hold of the keys to the property.

So you will see, it is very difficult to rent an unfurnished property on an annual basis in France. If you are a Foreigner, with no bank records or income in France, then it could be virtually impossible to arrange prior to your arrival. You would need to be on the ground in France for at least a month, as well as having sufficient funds to provide the necessary financial guarantees. So what are the alternatives?

Furnished annual rentals in France

annual-furnished-rental-property-franceIt is possible to find furnished annual rental properties in France, but by law the rental contract is for 12 months. The contract is then renewable on a yearly basis, under the same terms as agreed for the first 12 months (apart from any approved rental increase). Most furnished rental apartments and houses in France will be quite bare. The Law requires just that the property comes with a bed with bedding, shutters or curtains in the bedroom, a stove top or hotplates, an oven or Micro-wave, a refrigerator, a freezer or freezer compartment that freezes to -6°C or less, sufficient tableware, cooking utensils, a table & chairs, shelves, lighting and housecleaning equipment such as a vacuum, broom or mop. Normally that is the minimum and maximum that you will find in the property. Most of our furnished annual rental properties on Long term rentals in France are much more comfortably furnished than this, but this is not the norm in France.

In terms of the Furnished annual rental contract, you would be expected to pay 2 months security deposit, pay the rent in advance each month, as well as pay an agreed provision for utility bills (unless these are transferred into your name). You will also need to take out house insurance and provide evidence of this. You will also be liable for paying the taxe d'habitation, which is a local community charge to pay for garbage collection, street lighting and the local town poop-a-scooper! On average you should expect to pay

  • in the range of €450-€800 per year for the taxe d'habitation (depending on the size of the property and the local area).
  • €80-120 per month for electricity,
  • €50-70 per month for water and
  • €30-50 per month for telephone and internet.


Currently available annual rental properties in France

 Annual rentals France  - current availability 

  1. Provence annual rentals France
  2. Cote d'Azur annual rental properties  
  3. Pezenas - annual rentals France 
  4. Beziers - long rentals France
  5. Carcassonne France annual rentals
  6. Perpignan annual rentals property

To rent a furnished rental property in France on an annual basis, we have tried where possible to make the process much more simpler. For our rental properties, we will require a copy of your identity papers (passport copy and or visa), a letter of reference from your current landlord or person in a respected community position and some proof of ability to pay the rent (letter from your bank, employment contract or copy of your bank statement). Usually the process can be completed within 3-5 days, including signing the rental contract. Most of our Property Owners will accept a 1 month security deposit, provided that you take out either travel insurance or house insurance. The rental contract that we provide is perfectly acceptable by banks for opening bank accounts, for schools for registering pupils and for the various utility companies (EDF for electricity, Orange for Mobile and Fixed phone lines, Internet providers, etc).

To give you an idea of the type of property available for annual rental in South France and what you would be expecting to pay per month, I have included a selection of properties currently available for rent on Long term rentals in France:


Provence - annual rental properties 

These properties in Provence are currently available for rental periods of up to 12 months:


Provence house for long term rental in France near Avignon (Ref: 1628)

Provence house to rent in France long termThis beautiful house in Provence is located just a short drive from the picturesque town of Avignon. The house comes with 3 bedrooms, a stunning terrace and lovely pool area and sun deck. The house is located in the pretty Provencal village of Tavel, famous for producing Rosé wines. The key features of the house include:

  • large kitchen-dining room with access out onto the terrace
  • home office
  • quiet location with views over the vineyards to the hills beyond
  • beautiful private pool
  • walking distance to local school, shops and restaurants
  • Avignon TGV 12 kms
  • Avignon airport 10 mins drive

This Provence house can be rented on a long term basis of 12 months to 2 years. The rental price of €1950 + bills is based around a long rental period taking in the high season rental weeks in July and August. The house currently rents out for €3500 per week in high season.

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Uzes property in France rent long term

France long term rentalsThis Provencal property for long term rental in France was formerly the ancient coach house of the village. Since this time it has been converted into a large 4 bedroom house in a charming rustic provencal style. This long term rental in France is close to the beautiful town of Uzes, on the edge of Provence in the South of France. It is an 18th century stone houses in a typical Provencal hillside village facing all-day sun. It is covered in vines, has a huge walled garden, a swimming pool and a large terrace. This long term rental in France is in the village of St Maximin, which is just a few minutes from the wonderful town of Uzes and near the Pont du Gard and Nimes. A great location to visit the sites of the Provence region whether on an extended holiday or house hunting.

The property comes with:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Private terrace
  • Roof top terrace
  • Stunning views

This Provencal property for long term rental in France is available to rent monthly from €875 pcm + bills. Higher prices will apply during the summer period.

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Aix-en-Provence long term rentals in France (Ref: 1699)

Aix-en-Provence long term rentals FranceAix-en-Provence is a fantastic place to find a long term rental house in France. This vibrant University town in South of France is full of life all year around and you will be able to enjoy the many festivals and events that take place during the year. This well-equipped 3 bedroom house is situated in a leafy neighbourhood of Aix, just 10 mins from the town centre. The house comes with WiFi, central heating, 2 bathrooms, terrace with outdoor dining area and a private garden. The house is beautifully furnished. The house is available for rentals from 3 months to up to 1 year. The villa comes with :

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Nice garden
  • Well-equipped kitchen with modern appliances
  • Beautiful open plan living room
  • Central heating for the cooler winter months
  • Satellite TV channels and WiFi

This Aix-en-Provence villa is available for monthly rentals up to 12 months from €2500 pcm + bills.

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Annual rentals in Cote d'Azur

This Cote d'Azur rental property are currently available for monthly rental periods of up to 12 months: 


Mougins house to rent in Cote d'Azur, France (Ref: 1622)

Cote Azur house to rent in FranceIf you are looking for houses in Cote d'Azur to rent long term, then this 4 bedroom house in Mougins is perfect. The house is located just a short walk to the centre of the town and it is a perfect base for a longer term let. The main benefits of this house are:

  • private pool
  • central heating
  • maid service and gardener
  • 25 mins to Nice airport
  • 15 mins to Cannes
  • Beaches just a short drive
  • Very convenient for Sophia Antipolis technology park

This house in Mougins, France is available for rent from 3 months to up to 1 year. The house is currently available to rent from 1 December 2018. The monthly rent will vary according to the length of the rental period and the season.

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Annual rental properties near Pezenas

Pezenas is a great location for a 1 to 2 year rental period. All of these properties will consider annual rentals:


Gabian cheap annual rentals property, France (Ref: 304)

Cheap long term rentals in FranceThis 1 bed furnished house in Gabian, South France, is available for cheap long term rentals for 3, 6 or 12 months. The wine-making village of Gabian is 15km from Pezenas and 30 mins to the Languedoc coast. It benefits from 1 double bedrooms, large lounge, 1 bathroom and a nice kitchen. The house has kept many of it´s original features including exposed stone work and beamed ceilings. The house contains:

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Pet friendly
  • WiFi internet
  • From €450 pcm
  • Walking distance to boulangerie & cafe

This house is available to rent from March 2019 and the Owner will consider rental periods of 12 months+. The guide rental price is €450 pcm + bills.

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4 bed house for long term rentals in Belarga, France (Ref: 1674)

4 bed house for long term rentals in FranceThis gorgeous 4 bed house in Belarga, South France is available for long term rentals for 3, 6 and 12 months. The house is situated in a peaceful village of Belarga, 5 minutes from Pezenas, 20 mins from beach. Just a few minutes walk from the house takes you to the river Herault for fishing and swimming in the summer. The property offers a large roof terrace, 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large living room and well-equipped kitchen. The house contains:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Large roof terrace
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • WiFi and flat screen TV
  • Large living room
  • Pet friendly
  • Walking distance to boulangerie and cafe 

This house is available to rent from March 2019 and the Owner will consider rental periods of 12 months. The guide rental price is €900 pcm + bills.

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Gabian long term rental property France with pool (Ref: 1738)

Pet friendly Pezenas long term rentals FranceA beautifully restored house in the wine-making village of Gabian, close to the historic town of Pezenas and surrounded by beautiful countryside. This 3 bed property for long term rent in France, is available for 3 to 12 months rentals from €900 pcm + bills. The house comes with a swimming pool, large terrace, 2 modern bathrooms, a newly installed kitchen and 3 generous bedrooms. Available to rent from March 2019. The Owner will consider pets (limited to 1-2 dogs).

The house comes with:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 250m2 enclosed garden
  • Well-equipped kitchen + washing machine
  • Swimming pool
  • Walking distance to boulangerie, cafes, restaurants

This pet friendly house near Pezenas, France, is available for long term lets from 3 to 12 months. The monthly rental price starts from €900 pcm + bills.

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Paulhan long term rental property France - 12 months (Ref: 1680)

Paulhan long term house rentalsA 5 bedroom refurbished property available to rent for up to 12 months in South France. This long term rental property is located in the small hamlet of Saint-Martin, located on the edge of the popular village of Paulhan, close to Pezenas. The house comes with 2 terraces and wonderful views over the vineyards towards the Herault river. This property would ideally suit a family looking to relocate to Southern France. The local village has a primary and secondary school and a range of services such as a supermarket, weekly market, restaurants, pharmacy and medical services. Paulhan provides easy access to the A75 motorway and you can reach the beaches, mountains and the city of Montpellier within 30 minutes. The house benefits from:

  • 5 bedrooms (sleeps 8)
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 2 terraces with views over vineyards
  • Well-equipped kitchen + Washing machine
  • Private parking for 4-5 cars
  • Cycling distance to boulangerie, cafes, restaurants

This house in Paulhan near Pezenas is available for long term rentals from June 2019 for 3-12 months. The monthly rental price is €1100 pcm + bills.

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Gabian annual rental property France sleeps 8 (Ref: 1474)

Gabian annual rental property FranceThis lovely French long term rental property is available for letting throughout the year, including over the summer season. The minimum rental period is 3 months and a discount is available for long term annual rentals. The property is located in the wine-making village of Gabian in South France. The village is surrounded by vineyards in all directions and the nearby Faugeres wine appellation produces some of the best wines in the South of France. This stylish long term rentals property comes with:

  • 4 bedroom
  • 2 large balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • WiFi
  • Satellite TV
  • Wood burner
  • Open plan living room and kitchen.

Gabian is a small village, but it contains a good range of services including a cafe-bar, bar-restaurant, pharmacy, boulangerie, small shop, wine cellar, school and a local Doctor. The nearby town of Roujan (3kms) contains a large range of facilities including, supermarket, garage, high school, medical centre, cafes and restaurants. The coast is 35 mins drive and the surrounding area has some of the best cycling and hiking routes in France.

This property is currently available for €950 per month plus bills.

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Long term rentals near Beziers France

These two rental properties are both located in the same village, close to Beziers. Both properties will rent for 6-12 months:


Cessenon-sur-Orb long term rentals France pet friendly (Ref: 1612)

Cessenon sur Orb annual rental property FranceThis charming 3 bedroom house in the picturesque village of Cessenon-sur-Orb, France, is available for long term lets throughout the year from 3-12 months. The house is pet friendly and comes with a pleasant courtyard, which is fully enclosed and secure. The house is located in the heart of the historic centre of the village and features 3 double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The house comes equipped with everything you will need for a long term rental in South France, including:

  • WiFi
  • TV with satellite channels
  • Central heating,
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Air conditioning.

Cessenon-sur-Orb is located within a beautiful valley and the river is just a short walk away where you can swim, canoe and enjoy a picnic. This property is available for monthly rentals from €900 pcm + bills.

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Cessenon-sur-Orb South France cottage to rent all year around (Ref: 1493)

annual rental property FranceThis cute little cottage for annual rentals in France is located in the large village of Cessenon-sur-Orb. The Orb valley is a pretty area of South France with lovely views of the surrounding hills and mountains and dominated by vineyards and olive groves. Cessenon is the main village in the area and it is surprisingly well equipped with restaurants, shops, boulangeries and a weekly market. The cottage comes with:

  • 2 double bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Large living room with TV
  • Wood burning stove
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Front terrace

This 2 bedroom cottage is available for long term rentals throughout the year and the Owner is happy to consider a rolling annual rental contract covering 2-3 years. The cottage is available to rent from €700 per month plus bills. 

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Carcassonne houses for 12 month rentals

These 3 rental properties are located close to Carcassonne and are all available for rentals : 


Converted barn for annual long term rentals Southern France, sleeps 8 (Ref: 1598)

Annual rental property FranceThis beautiful converted barn for annual long term rentals in Southern France is located in the village of Escales, situated in between Narbonne and Carcassonne. The village is just 30 mins to the coast and it is surrounded by vineyards and wonderful open countryside. Both sides of the house have a lovely garden, completely landscaped with outdoor lighting. The gardens offer plenty of sun, shade and shelter. This long term rentals property has been tastefully decorated and has successfully combines a contemporary feel within a traditional stone-built building. The owner will accept a small well-behaved dog and pets, by prior agreement. The property comes with:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Wood burner
  • Swimming pool
  • Off-road parking. 

This property is available for annual monthly rentals from €1200 pcm + bills.

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Aude house rentals in France, sleeps 2-4 (Ref: 1647)

Rieux Minervois house for long term rentals near CarcassonneIf you are looking for house rentals in France for a long holiday or on a house hunting trip, then this property in Rieux-Minervois, Aude is in an ideal location. This house is available for monthly rentals from October through to May. Located in a beautiful part of France, just 25 minutes from medieval Castle at Carcassonne and Carcassonne airport, the house is ideally situated. Rieux-Minervois is a beautiful rural village and is ideally situated for exploring the Canal de Midi, the Cathar castles, Carcassonne, the local markets, the Minervois vineyards and the Mediterranean Coast ( 45 minutes ). The house features:

  • 1 bedroom with King size bed
  • En suite bathroom
  • Private garage for parking
  • Walking distance to restaurants, shop & boulangerie
  • Double sofa bed in lounge
  • Washing machine
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Air conditioning, WiFi and Wood burner

This house in Rieux-Minervois is available for long term rentals all throughout the year. The monthly rental prices start from €600 pcm + bills. Minimum rental period is 3 months.

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French country cottage to rent long term near Carcassonne (Ref: 1584)

Carcassonne long term rentals FranceThis beautiful French country cottage to rent long term is located in a rural setting, 20 minutes north of the city of Carcassonne. The property is near the towns of Mazamet and Castres (which is the capital of the Tarn department). The interior features exposed stonework, original beams and wood-burning stoves. The Owners will accept dogs and pets by prior arrangement. The cottage is located in a small hamlet and is the perfect location for nature lovers looking for a peaceful and quiet long term rental property. The cottage comes with:

  • 3 bedrooms 
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Beautiful exposed stone work and beams
  • Lovely kitchen
  • Private parking
  • Terrace

This French country cottage is available for long term rentals all year around. The monthly rental prices start from €900 pcm + bills.

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Perpignan annual rental properties

These 2 properties close to Perpignan are currently available and will rent for 12 months (including over the summer period):


Southern France villa for long winter lets (Ref: 1240)

Villa for rent rent in France long termThis Southern France villa for long winter lets is at the edge of the small village of Villelongue-dels-Monts in its` own private grounds. Approached from a private track the property has ample parking for a number of vehicles. The villa enjoys splendid views over the nearby village and on towards the foothills of the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coastline in the distance. The villa contains:

  • 5 double bedrooms
  • Private pool
  • Large garden
  • Comfortable open plan living room with fitted kitchen
  • WiFi and TV
  • Pets accepted through agreement

This house is available to rent from September 2019 and the Owner will consider rental periods of 3-9 months and possibly 12 months. The guide rental price is €1250 pcm + bills during the winter months and €1850 + bills for 12 month annual rentals. The villa is not available for rentals of less than 6 months over the summer season.

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Perpignan house for long term rentals France (Ref: 1732)

Perpignan house to rent in France4 bedroom house for long term rentals situated on a quiet street in the centre of Perpignan, just a few minutes walk to the train station. The house comes with a garden, garage, private parking place, air conditioning, central heating, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. In the garden at the rear of the house there is a large Lemon tree, which provides a copious amount of lemons for Gin & Tonics, lemon tarts and fresh lemonade. The house is available for monthly rentals for between 3-12 months and is the perfect spot for a family taking a year out in France. The interior of the house has been updated and it features:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathroom
  • Enclosed garden
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Perpignan airport 20 mins drive
  • Perpignan TGV station 5 mins walk
  • Easy walking distance to restaurants, cafe-bar, shops and services

This house to rent near Perpignan, France, is available for long term rentals from March 2019. The house can be rented for 3-12 months. The monthly rent will vary according to the length of the rental period (guide price €1200 for 12 month rentals and €1500 for summer rentals).

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