Coming from abroad, one does never know, whether he can trust the landlord he is negociating with. I have experience people asking for money before any contract, other ask more money once they know you are coming. In this case, I was impressed by the behaviour of the landlord, who did not ask for full month rent when staying two weeks more, who furnished the appartment according to my needs and who helped me shopping with his car! The neighbours are shouting all day long. The wife talking with her husband, who is working in the garden some 100 meters from the house... But apart of that aspect, I had no problem during my staying, which was fruitful and quiet.