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French Property

What taxes do you pay in France on any gain realised from the sale of your French Property?

protectingOne rarely thinks about the future sale of a property when acquiring it. Nevertheless, the tax treatment of any future gain arising on disposal may be heavily reliant on the trail of evidence accumulated over the years of ownership and available at the time of sale...

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Local Taxes: tax d'habitation and taxe fonciere

habitationAs an owner/occupier of French property, you will receive 2 or 3 tax bills a year. Taxe foncière is a land tax payable by the owner of the property. Even if there are no buildings on the land...

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Protecting Your Spouse (After you're gone)

protectingOne aspect of French succession law that often horrifies British purchasers of property in France is how little protection it affords to the poor widow or widower left behind after the first death...

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The Conditions in your Purchase Contract

purchase contractThere are 3 types of conditions in a purchase contract. If you want to add conditions into a contract, it is important to understand their effect and the difference between them...

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Domicile (A Foot in Both Camps)

domicileI am buying a holiday home in the Lot. I am going to look at schools just outside Paris for my daughter who is 7 years old because I may want to commute from Paris to London, where I work. This means I would have a house just outside Paris, another in London and a holiday home in the Lot. How does that work?

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French Estate Planning

estate planningThere are a few simple steps you can take before you become the owner of French property and sometimes afterwards, to ensure that your French estate is...

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Building Surveys - A roof over your head

French roofsChartered Building Surveyor Martin Quirke FRICS takes a look at the most common problems encountered with French roofs, from what to look out for to the different roofing materials used...

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The Role of the Notaire in France

notairesA Notaire in France has a wide role, apart from dealing with the purchase, sale, inheritance or transfer of property in France, the Notaire also advises on private and family law such as the drawing up of a divorce settlement or donations between spouses...

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Do I need a survey for cracks?

Cracks in French propertyIs your French property cracking, bulging, bowing or leaning? Chartered Building Surveyor and Architectural Technologist Martin Quirke relates his considerable experience of dealing with structural cracks in French property...

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