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Newsletter Issue 156: 07/01/2015

Welcome to the latest issue of our monthly Newsletter, sent to over 33,000 subscribers.

Inside you will find general news on France, as well as information and advice about French property ownership, visiting France and living in France.

We are always interested in hearing from you, as your experiences and queries make a signifcant contribution to our own knowledge and approach.

David Yeates

French House Prices in 2014

House prices in France continued to fall in 2014, but there are growing differences between town and country.

French Property Market 07/01/2015

Mayors to Decide on Tax on Second Homes

The proposed local rates surcharge on second homes will no longer be mandatory, but a discretionary tax left to local mayors.

French Taxation 07/01/2015

Advertise at A Place in the Sun Live

Advertise your property for sale in our French Village at A Place in the Sun Live, Manchester Central.

Site News 17/02/2015

Budget Ski Resorts in France

The cost of ski passes at different resorts in France can vary by a factor of three, but enjoying some good skiing need not necessarily cost a fortune.

Travel in France 07/01/2015

Disputes Over Rental Deposits

Tenants are normally required to provide a rental security deposit to their landlord, and disputes over the return of the deposit are not uncommon in France.

Property in France 07/01/2015

Top Ten Newsletter Articles of 2014

What were the articles we published in our Newsletter last year that attracted the highest level of interest from readers?

Site News 07/01/2015

Foreign Buyers and Sellers of French Property

British buyers continue to target the Dordogne, although neighbouring departments are also popular.

French Property Market 07/01/2015

The 13 New Regions of France

The French Parliament has finally decided on a new administrative map for the country, reducing from 22 to 13 the number of regional councils.

French Life 07/01/2015

Auto-Entrepreneur Changes for 2015

The level of the social security contributions payable by auto-entrepreneurs has been reduced for 2015, although the exemption from business rates comes to an end.

Business in France 07/01/2015

Building Works Blame Game

A French court has ruled that a builder must undertake the work they consider necessary, and not lesser works against which they counselled their client.

Building & Renovation 07/01/2015

Sterling/Euro Currency Review December 2014

After a disappointing end to November, Sterling experienced a mixed start to December before rallying towards the end of the month, says Ben Scott.

Money in France 07/01/2015

New Scandal Over Holiday Residences

A developer of holiday residences in the Ariege has gone into bankruptcy, in a case that again exposes the risks associated with this type of property investment.

Property in France 07/01/2015

Smoke Alarms Obligatory in 2015

The installation of at least one smoke alarm in all residential properties in France will become obligatory from March 2015.

Building & Renovation 07/01/2015

Mayor Sentenced Over Storm 'Xyantia' Deaths

Prison sentences have been handed down to the mayor and deputy mayor of La Faute-sur-Mer in the Vendée following the deaths of 29 inhabitants in a cyclone in 2010.

Property in France 07/01/2015

French Public Holidays 2015

The 11 public holidays in France in 2015, so here are the dates to put in your diary.

French Life 07/01/2015

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