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Housing Glossary of French-English terms

To help English speaking renters and owners to wend their way through contracts and advertisements FUSAC has compiled a glossary of terms for Housing.

accusé de réception: receipt that is signed by the recipient of a letter and sent back to the send as proof of reception
acompte: advance payment, down payment
agence immobilière: estate agency [UK], real estate agency [US]
ancien: built more than 20 years ago
appareils électriques: appliances
appartement vide: unfurnished flat [UK], unfurnished apartment [US]
armoire: storage cabinet
assurance habitation: homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. Note: it is obligatory for renters to have an insurance policy.
bail, contrat de location: (rental) lease / contract
bien immobilier: property
cage d’escalier: stairwell
canapé: sofa, settee
canapé-lit, canapé convertible, clic-clac: sofa bed
caution, dépôt de garantie: damage or security deposit
cave: basement storage room
chambre à coucher: bedroom
chambre mansardée: attic room with sloping ceiling
charges locatives: building maintenance and amentities costs
chaudière à gaz/mazout/fioul: gas/oil-fired boiler
chauffage central: central heating
chChemineeeminée: fireplace

clair: bright
colocation: shared apartment
compromis de vente (contrat synallagmatique) : preliminary sale contract (bilateral contract)
concierge/gardien: caretaker, custodian
conditions suspensives: conditions under which the sale would be annulled
couchages: number of people for which there is sleeping space
couverts: cutlery
cuisine américaine: kitchen opening on the living area
cuisinière: cooker [UK], stove [US]
dépot de garantie: security deposit
digicode: security door with keypad/ keycode
douche: shower
durée de séjour: length of stay
durée du contrat: contract period
emménager: to move in
en bon état: in good repair
escalier: stairway
étage: floor
état des lieux: inventory of fixtures and general condition of the apartment
faire visiter: to show round [UK], to show [US]
four: oven
four à micro-ondes: micro-wave oven
garant exigé: financial guarantor needed
hauteur sous plafond: height from floor to ceiling
honoraires d’agence: agency fees
hotte aspirante: cooker hood [UK], range hood [US]
huissier: official third party, bailiff
lavabo:    washbasin
lave-linge: washing machine
lave-vaisselle: dishwasher
lettre recommandée avec accusé de réception: registered letter with acknowledgement of reception
linge de maison: household linen
linge de toilette: bathroom linen
locataire: tenant
location: rental
location meublée: furnished rental
location vide: unfurnished rental
louer: to rent
loyer: rent
mandat (exclusif) d’achat / de vente: (exclusive) buyer / seller representation agreement
mandataire (pour l’achat): buyer representative
mandataire (pour la vente): seller representative
neuf: all-new construction, no previous occupant
notaire: notary
offre d’achat: offer to purchase real estate, purchase offer
parquet: wood floor / parquet
penderie: wardrobe, free-standing closet
période de préavis: notice period
pierre de taille: carved stonetomettes
place de stationnement: parking space
plafond: ceiling
plaque de cuisson: hotplate
porte-fenêtre : French doors
préavis de départ: termination notice, notice of intent to vacate
propriétaire: landlord, owner
quittance de loyer: receipt for rent paid
récent: built in the last decade
remise des clefs: keys handover
rénové: renovated
réserver: to book, to reserve
rez-de-chaussée: ground floor, street level
rez-de-jardin: Garden or courtyard level
salle d’eau/de douche: shower-room
salle de bain: bathroom
salon, séjour: living room, lounge [UK], sitting room
T1, F1: 1 room + kitchen + sanitary (wc, shower or bath)
T2, F2:  2 rooms + kitchen + sanitary (wc, shower or bath)
T3, F3: 3 rooms + kitchen + sanitary (wc, shower or bath)
taxe d’habitation: local residency tax, paid in Nov/Dec by the person who is resident on January 1st of a given year
taxe foncière: local real estate tax, paid in October by the person who is the owner on January 1st whether or not they reside there

taxe audiovisuel: also known as the TV tax, this is an annual tax of about 130€ added to the taxe d’habitation for anyone who has purchased a television, so if you sell your TV be sure to tell the taxman
tiroirs à l’anglaise : drawers within a cabinet

tomettes : hexagonal or square terra cotta floor tiles
traversin: bolster
verrière: glass roof/glass canopy
vide: unfurnished
virement bancaire:  bank transfer

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