Construction in open countryside in France is generally not permitted, but as always there are exceptions.
Some changes have been introduced this year to the system of tax credits and grants for energy conservation works to the main home.
The French national auditor has called for wholesale reform of the system of statutory control of septic tank installations.
A couple have been successful in their legal action against a neighbour, whose house extension substantially impaired their view of the Pyrenees.
An interest-free loan of up to €30,000 is available to owner-occupiers and landlords for works of home energy conservation.
French law imposes an obligation to maintain your heating boiler, although there are no sanctions for non-compliance.
Improving your French property does not always increase its value, so choose what to do with care, says chartered surveyor, John Marshall.
A French court has ordered the demolition of a 3000m2 chateau on the French Riviera, constructed without planning permission.
Building an extension to your French property normally requires administrative consent, but the regulations that apply depend upon on the scale of the works.
An exemption from the tax fonciere is available for up to 5 years on completion of home energy conservation works.
A survey by French consumer protection officials reveals that over half of the companies engaged in home energy conservation works mislead their clients.
A villa in the fashionable Atlantic coastal village of Cap Ferret has been mysteriously demolished, apparently without the knowledge and consent of the owner.
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