Property Rental Jargon Guide

Understand the property jargon and terminology when renting in France...

French property rental advertisements typically do not state the number and type of rooms (example: sitting room, 3 bed, 2 bath), rather the total number of rooms (excluding kitchen and bathrooms).

  • For example: a "maison 4 pièces" probably has four rooms in total (plus kitchen and bathroom)
  • Example: F2 (appartement deux-pièces) is a one-bedroom house
  • Example: T2 (appartement deux-pièces) is a one-bedroom apartment

Generally "T" denotes rooms of an apartment and "F" those of a house (F).

immobilier real estate agency
immeuble building or residence
logement vide unfurnished rental or property
logement meublé furnished rental or property
ancien built more than 20 years ago
récent built in the last decade
neuf all-new construction
en bon état in good repair
nombre de pieces total number of rooms including reception and bedrooms
cuisine americaine open-plan kitchen/living area (American kitchen)
salle de bain bathroom
salle d'eau washroom with shower
douche shower cubicle
chambre bedroom
jardin garden
état des lieux condition report
concierge/gardien superintendent
honoraires d'agence agency fees
dépot de garantie rental deposit
loyer rent
charges locatives monthly fees for collective amenities
assurance habitation home insurance
préavis notice of intent to vacate premises
pièces rooms
salon lounge/sitting room

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