Take your time, France. This isn’t that important.

Apparently David will know around April 20 which city he is assigned to for work. Since he’ll be in Montpellier until June 12, and he’s supposed to start work June 15, we need to move before the stage even begins on May 25. One little problem – even though David just found out he will become a fonctionnaire and need to move, we still have to give 3 months’ notice to our landlord. Normally if it’s a “mutation professionnelle” you are allowed to give only one month notice. But since David is resigning from his CDI on April 30 and because he’s changing sectors or whatever, it doesn’t count.

So we have to pay rent through June, unless we can find someone to take the apartment. We are still going to move at the beginning or middle of May, but pay rent for that entire month. And then we hope someone else will be here for June so we don’t have to waste money on two apartments. Needless to say, I’m a little annoyed and a lot stressed. I can’t do anything yet to prepare and it’s driving me crazy.

The not-yet-definitive/could-be-completely-wrong list of cities for the positions are: Strasbourg, Caen, Nantes, Dijon, Lyon, Chambéry, Digne-les-bains, Toulouse, Chateauroux, Nevers, 2 postes à Paris et 3 en région parisienne (Versailles, Cergy, Bobigny). But since there are 12 people before David, who knows if he can get Chambéry. I will seriously cry if he is forced to go anywhere near Paris.

Only 5 more days of work before spring vacation…

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  • http://blondeinfrance.blogspot.com/ Andromeda

    I gave my notice for my apartment June 15 but will move (hopefully) June 1, but the one we like the lady wants us to move in May 15. I had to take the one I’m in now August 15 though I was in the states till the 23rd! Sigh. Greedy landlords.

    I’ll cross my fingers for you, nothing near Paris!

    Andromedas last blog post..Plans

  • http://blondeinfrance.blogspot.com Andromeda

    I gave my notice for my apartment June 15 but will move (hopefully) June 1, but the one we like the lady wants us to move in May 15. I had to take the one I’m in now August 15 though I was in the states till the 23rd! Sigh. Greedy landlords.

    I’ll cross my fingers for you, nothing near Paris!

    Andromedas last blog post..Plans

  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com/ Justin

    That really stinks about having to possibly pay double rent. I have my fingers crossed everything works out for you. I really hope you get Chambéry like you want… but I did notice Dijon on the list, so you could be near me?!? hehe… here’s hoping everything works out perfectly for you both… I am positive it will!

    Justins last blog post..Au bord du Rhône en Bugey…

  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com Justin

    That really stinks about having to possibly pay double rent. I have my fingers crossed everything works out for you. I really hope you get Chambéry like you want… but I did notice Dijon on the list, so you could be near me?!? hehe… here’s hoping everything works out perfectly for you both… I am positive it will!

    Justins last blog post..Au bord du Rhône en Bugey…

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Amerigirl

    I am in the same boat. I am changing jobs and want to move June 1, but just found out. I mean really — what employers are waiting 3 months for you to quite. I have a CDD, so I had to find something else, sigh.

    Amerigirls last blog post..The funniest thing

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Amerigirl

    I am in the same boat. I am changing jobs and want to move June 1, but just found out. I mean really — what employers are waiting 3 months for you to quite. I have a CDD, so I had to find something else, sigh.

    Amerigirls last blog post..The funniest thing

  • ksam

    Is there any way you could work it out so that your landlord would think it was a mutation professionnelle? That’s what we did last year when we moved – just made it look like it was a mutation, even when it wasn’t.

  • ksam

    Is there any way you could work it out so that your landlord would think it was a mutation professionnelle? That’s what we did last year when we moved – just made it look like it was a mutation, even when it wasn’t.

  • astrid

    It’s awful to have to wait for descisions to be made without you. I hope you get to go to Chambery but on the list I only know Digne-les-Bains: has lovely spa facilities and it’s close to the mountains and is only 40 minutes from Aix en Provence!

  • astrid

    It’s awful to have to wait for descisions to be made without you. I hope you get to go to Chambery but on the list I only know Digne-les-Bains: has lovely spa facilities and it’s close to the mountains and is only 40 minutes from Aix en Provence!

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    I can imagine the stress. One of my friend is a fonctionnaire, was sent to… La Réunion, last minute! :lol:

    Zhus last blog post..Artsy Nantes

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    I can imagine the stress. One of my friend is a fonctionnaire, was sent to… La Réunion, last minute! :lol:

    Zhus last blog post..Artsy Nantes

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