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Purchasing a Property in France and Arranging the Essentials

Mar 17. 2017

We moved thousands of British expats to France over the years and we know that once the property has been purchased; there’s no time to rest on your laurels. There’s the move itself to plan and a removal company to book and there’s also the essentials of getting the property up and running; and arranging insurance and taxes etc.

It’s not compulsory unless the property is co-owned, but it is generally advised to obtain house insurance or ‘assurance habitation’. If the property is rented, however, tenants are required by law to take out the insurance to ensure that they are covered in case of any damage to the residence. There are numerous companies offering this. The cover often includes a civil responsibility insurance, ‘assurance de responsabilite civile’; this covers the homeowner, spouse and children.

Once the house is purchased, the Notaire will notify the local authority of the purchase and you will be liable for ‘taxe fonciere’ from the start of the following year. You will also be liable for ‘taxe d’habitation’ (along the lines of the UKs council tax system.)

Moving to the Continent really does necessitate the use of a highly experienced and reputable removals company. Burke Bros have been making these moves for over 35 years and are a British Association of Removers Overseas Member. We can also offer storage for intermediate periods before your move takes place. Customers often find this to be useful and our storage facilities are a safe and highly secure option.

At the point of delivery at the new premises we will provide full unwrapping of all furniture items, reassembly of items that require non-specialist attention such as beds, dressers and bookcases etc. Speak to one of our surveyors during your pre-move survey to clarify what is included in your move.

It is always advised that qualified legal advice be sought concerning taxes and insurance etc relating to property in France.

If you would like further information on removals to or from France please contact us on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk.

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