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You already have established links with France, so as I understand, providing you are physically present in France prior to December 31st and have made the move as a permanent move (rather than coming away for a short break for example) you should be able to successfully apply for the carte de sejour.
The new online portal is supposed to be a much simpler process than the previous system of applying, so fingers crossed it won't be too arduous a procedure.
I hope that this assists?
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You don't have to be a house owner in France to apply for the carte de sejour. You just have to have the intention to stay, which a long term rental contract will show. A holiday let would not have the same connotations, obviously.
I hope that clarifies things.