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Breakage deposits on French Gites

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After much deliberation, I settled on a gite in the Dordogne which was booked through en tout saisons. When the contract and payment terms arrived via email I learned that I was required to make a breakage deposit of 400 euros upon arrival.

Is this customary? I've rented houses and flats in France and Italy before but never encountered a breakage fee before. Can anyone provide some guidance? I'm nervous that when we depart, on a tight schedule, it might be difficult to retrieve the deposit.

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