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Building & Renovation

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

Taxation of a Planning Consent in France

Although no fee is payable on submission of a planning application, a tax is levied if planning permission is granted.

Friday 06 January 2017

Right to Challenge Planning Consents

In recent years the right to challenge a planning consent in France has been substantially reduced by the need to demonstrate that a clear prejudice would be suffered by the development.

Tuesday 04 October 2016

Is a Swimming Pool an Extension of a House?

Planning rules in France about the right of homeowners to build a swimming pool on their property are not infrequently unclear.

Monday 05 September 2016



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