Once a property is advertised, you can contact the tenant or the management office to arrange a visit. If you wish, you can prepare an application file beforehand containing: a registration form, your last 3 months payslips, a certification of no prosecution, and an identity document.
When a property is assigned to you, you need to sign a rental contract with the management office. It is normal to deposit a rent guarantee in a bank, generally the equivalent to 3 months rent.
Before signing the contract, you should inspect the state of the property, make sure that any damage done by the previous tenants is clearly indicated, if necessary ask for work to be done.
Within 8 days of moving, you must register with the inhabitant's office of your commune.