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Regulations applicable to furnished rentals in general in France

This is a first overview of the regulations in force. We advise you to make sure that it is accurate and up to date, or to seek advice on the subject from any legal professional. MorningCroissant is an intermediation platform that does not provide legal advice. We provide various links for information purposes and are not responsible for their content. It is also important to comply with other rules that you must respect, such as those in your lease or co-ownership rules.

DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF FURNISHED RENTALS
There are 2 main categories of furnished rentals:
  • Seasonal or tourist furnished rentals
  • Furnished rentals for residential use, which represent the bulk of rentals on MorningCroissant.

SEASONAL OR TOURIST FURNISHED RENTALS
Seasonal or tourist furnished rentals as defined by the Direction Générale des Entreprises differ from residential rentals according to 2 criteria:
  • the tenant does not choose to live there, he resides there mainly for holidays;
  • seasonal rentals must be concluded for a maximum period of 90 days with the same person.


RENTAL FOR HOUSEHOLD USE
There are 2 sub-categories:
  • furnished rental for the tenant's main dwelling (ALUR law lease)
  • furnished rental for the tenant's non-main dwelling (civil code lease).

1) Dwelling constituting the principal residence of the tenant
It is a question of furnished rentals known as "classic" rentals covered by the law of 06/07/1989 and specified by the ALUR law of March 2014:
  • lease contract under the ALUR law with tacit renewal
  • framed rents ("rent freeze")
  • framed agency fees for the tenant

2) Dwelling not constituting the principal residence of the tenant
These are rentals linked to the exercise of a function, to the occupation of a job, on the ground,...
These rentals are governed by the civil code:
  • civil code lease contract limited in time ("from date to date") without tacit renewal
  • free rents: it is the supply/demand dynamic ("market rent") that comes into account
  • free agency fees: it is the market standards that apply.
SEASONAL OR TOURIST FURNISHED RENTALS
The seasonal or tourist furnished rental as defined by the Direction Générale des Entreprises distinguishes itself from the residential lease according to 2 criteria:
  • the tenant does not elect domicile, he resides there mainly for holidays;
  • the seasonal rental must be concluded for a maximum duration of 90 days with the same person.
You will find more details about the seasonal rental on our dedicated page.
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