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French Property Jargon: Common Words & Phrases

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In France, as in any country, there is a certain set of vocabulary that the real estate property market uses. Whether you're searching for an apartment to buy, or a furnished apartment to rent, it is important to be familiar with the jargon.

Do you know your French real estate vocabulary?

For example, an état des lieux (walkthrough) is a mandatory report completed by the tenant and the landlord that consists of the conditions of the property at the beginning of the rental and once again when moving out. A chaudière (boiler) is a very important element in your apartment rental and it must be checked by a professional at least once a year. And what exactly are those charges locatives due each month and assessed once a year? They are the cost of service and maintenance for common or shared areas of the apartment building.

For more terms, visit ParisRental's Glossary.
And check out AngloInfo's handy list of common words and phrases.

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