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Building & Renovation

Building on Agricultural Land in France

Construction in open countryside in France is generally not permitted, but as always there are exceptions.

Thursday 07 March 2019

Financial Assistance for Energy Conservation 2019

Some changes have been introduced this year to the system of tax credits and grants for energy conservation works to the main home.

Thursday 07 February 2019

Septic Tank Controls Inadequate

The French national auditor has called for wholesale reform of the system of statutory control of septic tank installations.

Tuesday 08 January 2019

Loss of View Amounts to Nuisance

A couple have been successful in their legal action against a neighbour, whose house extension substantially impaired their view of the Pyrenees.

Tuesday 07 August 2018

Interest Free Loans for Home Energy Conservation

An interest-free loan of up to €30,000 is available to owner-occupiers and landlords for works of home energy conservation.

Friday 08 June 2018

Boiler Maintenance Regulations in France

French law imposes an obligation to maintain your heating boiler, although there are no sanctions for non-compliance.

Thursday 08 February 2018

Home Improvements to Your French Property

Improving your French property does not always increase its value, so choose what to do with care, says chartered surveyor, John Marshall.

Tuesday 07 November 2017

Court Orders Demolition of Illegal Chateau

A French court has ordered the demolition of a 3000m2 chateau on the French Riviera, constructed without planning permission.

Tuesday 08 August 2017

Building an Extension to French Property

Building an extension to your French property normally requires administrative consent, but the regulations that apply depend upon on the scale of the works.

Saturday 13 May 2017

Local Rates Exemption on Energy Conservation Works

An exemption from the tax fonciere is available for up to 5 years on completion of home energy conservation works.

Tuesday 04 April 2017

Energy Conservation Companies 'Unscrupulous'

A survey by French consumer protection officials reveals that over half of the companies engaged in home energy conservation works mislead their clients.

Friday 03 March 2017

Mysterious Demolition of Cap Ferret Villa

A villa in the fashionable Atlantic coastal village of Cap Ferret has been mysteriously demolished, apparently without the knowledge and consent of the owner.

Friday 06 January 2017

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