Some important changes have been introduced to the planning system in France, so we have taken the opportunity to update our comprehensive guide.
05 Apr 2012
The average cost of constructing a new property in France in 2010 was €1,035m², slightly down on that for 2009 (€1,048m²)
06 Mar 2012
What is the regularly framework for maintenance of your boiler and cleaning of your chimney?
04 Jan 2012
A number of changes to planning regulations and taxes are being introduced, which it is hoped will simplify the whole process.
All building work in France comes with a warranty against latent defects, but you would be better advised to put your faith in a good builder.
01 Dec 2011
The French government has clearly signalled their intention on home energy efficiency for new homes.
05 Oct 2011
Engaging an architect should bring substantial additional added value to your building project, provided you set about the process with care.
02 Aug 2011
Complaints are on the increase over the obligatory compliance inspections of septic tanks.
01 Jun 2011
New earthquake zones have been defined in France, encompassing nearly two thirds of the country!
17 May 2011
Some changes have been introduced in the consent procedure for minor building works to property.
01 Apr 2011
The quality of the energy surveys carried out on house sales has been roundly criticised by a leading French consumer group.
01 Mar 2011
Buying the right property is as much about finding out what is happening in the area as it is about the property itself.
15 Feb 2011
The installation of smoke detectors is to be obligatory in all homes from 2015.
01 Feb 2011
The introduction of new energy efficiency standards will increase the cost of house construction by up to 20% say experts.
Improving your French property does not always increase its value, so choose what to do with care, says John Marshall, a chartered surveyor living in the Aude.
15 Dec 2010
There is to be a rationalisation of the current confusing and multiple array of planning taxes and a review of planning laws.
From 1st January all properties in France for sale or to rent must be advertised with an energy performance rating.
At last, a decent guide in English to the rules and techniques of electricity in your French home.
01 Dec 2010
The town council of Carcassonne has decided to make use of aerial and satellite photos to tackle planning violations.
02 Nov 2010
There is no smoke without fire, and no safe fire without regular cleaning of your chimney. We go through the regulations and costs.
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