If you own a property in France but live abroad, seasonal rental could be an effective solution for you. Practically speaking, it means you can use the property for accommodation whenever you come back to France. And, between stays, you will receive an income to help you cover the bills and maintenance costs. What is meant by seasonal rental is a furnished home intended to be occupied for repeated short periods by occasional customers who do not use it as their residence. This is an important legal point because you still fully own the property and you also choose not only the rental periods but also the people who stay there. Most importantly, you can cease renting at any time (once each reservation has ended).
Boost your efficiency by delegating your property management
Since you are abroad, welcoming guests, cleaning and property management will need to be handled by an intermediary. This could be a close friend or relative. But beware, caution is advised: you risk incurring the wrath of the URSSAF for undeclared work if that person does not receive a salary. The best option is to use a professional – an estate agency or a concierge service. By delegating the day-to-day management to them, you are free from the hassle of placing an ad, answering requests, greeting guests and taking an inventory, handling room cleaning, washing white linens between rentals, stepping in whenever there are any small mishaps such as a water leak or a blown bulb, and checking the property when the keys are returned before the guests leave. Since these professionals are paid based on the occupancy rate, you can also be sure that the rental will be real. Moreover, they will use applications like Airbnb, Booking or Agoda.
Rental period limited to 120 nights
Professional intermediation services also help you keep up to date with the latest legislative developments. Accordingly, the rental of your property may not exceed 120 days a year. Likewise, you must be registered with your local council as a seasonal landlord. If your home is considered a secondary residence, you may even need to get an exemption. All this red tape together might seem discouraging, but an estate agent or a concierge is there to take care of all these formalities on your behalf, lifting the burden of the whole operation for you as much as possible. What’s more, they can collect the tourist tax for you as well. All that remains then is effective communication between you regarding the periods when the property will be occupied. But, again, digital tools are available for you to share a calendar and block off the days yourself when you will be staying in your apartment or house.