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Seasonal rentals, governed by the Civil Code, enjoy a more flexible regulation than conventional rentals. Back on the definition, and the characteristics of the seasonal hiring.

Seasonal rental of a house or apartment

Seasonal rental of a house or apartment

What is a seasonal rental?

There is no legal definition of seasonal rental. However, it is usually a short term rental of a furnished building (villa, apartment or room) to people of passage for holidays or holidays. The rental period must not be longer than one season, ie 3 months or 12 weeks.
Seasonal rental is a so-called free rental whose regulations are simply subject to the Civil Code. In other words, renter and lessor organize the rental period, price and conditions as they wish. The content of the rental agreement is freely determined between the parties.

Seasonal rental: rules to respect

Despite this flexible regulation, some rules must be respected.

  • Before renting, a detailed description of the premises must be given to the future tenant. It must contain a maximum of information on the housing, its situation and its price, to avoid any dispute later. This document is the only written document required. There is a reservation when the description is returned to the owner signed, and accompanied by a potential lease.
  • The seasonal rental contract is not necessarily written. If this is the case, it must at least indicate the price of the rental and the amount of any charges, the rental period as well as the dates and times of arrival and departure of the tenant, and the amount of the deposit of guarantee.
  • For the reservationthe tenant pays a deposit or down payment to the landlord. If the tenant pays a deposit: tenant and owner may waive the rental. The owner will have to reimburse twice the amount of the deposit while the tenant will not be able to recover the amount paid. If the tenant pays a deposit: the contract is considered final. In this case, if the renter renounces the rental, he will have to pay in full. If the owner cancels, he can pay damages to the tenant.
  • On arrival in the rental, the tenant must pay a security deposit and draw up the inventory with the owner. At the end of the rental, a second inventory is drawn up. If the two conditions are similar, the tenant recovers his deposit. In the opposite case, the lessee and lessor must agree on the amount of the deposit reserved for reimbursement.


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