When you rent a French holiday home with Gite.com, you rent directly from the owner. This way, you avoid paying a big commission, and you get a personal connection with the owner. To ensure a trouble-free holiday, get a clear and detailed rental agreement before you send money.
A rental agreement will define your rights and obligations as a guest in a rental property.
Your rental agreement should state:
- the name and the exact address of the property
- the name of the homeowner and/or the agent, as well as his or her cellphone number
- your name and contact information
- the start and the end of the rental period (including time of access and departure)
- the rent amount and what it includes (eg linen, towels, cleaning, electricity, water…) as well as what it excludes (eg heat, wood for the fireplace…)
- how the rent should be paid (eg PayPal, bank transfer, credit card…), and when (dates and amounts of down payment and balance)
- whether a damage deposit is required, and if so, when is it payable, how damage is measured, how and when the deposit is refunded, and how deductions are made
- what referrals are available or required for and from the landlord and the tenant.