Five Plus Sides of An Upside-Down French House

Christophe GUAY // Thursday, 24 November 2022

Five Plus Sides of An Upside-Down French House


Sous sols, or houses with living space over the first floor are extremely popular in France, and for good reason. When looking to buy a house for sale in Charente, it may not be on the top of the list of everyone’s search criteria, however, there are many positives to owning an upside-down house – read on to find out more.

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Brexit: Moving Household Goods to France

Christophe GUAY // Saturday, 15 October 2022

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As the UK is no longer a member of the European Union, some goods now need to be declared to French customs and customs duties and VAT paid on some items.

The rules differ, depending on whether you are moving goods to your main home

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Rising energy bills: France to keep price cap in 2023

Christophe GUAY // Wednesday, 07 September 2022

Energy prices

In January the French government forced state-owned energy provider EDF to cap price rises at 4% for a year. The measure has already stopped prices from increasing by 40% and has kept inflation lower in France than in many other countries – but it has cost the state €24billion.

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Be Aware When Driving : "Priority To The Right"

Christophe GUAY // Tuesday, 23 August 2022


Having little else to occupy their time, bureaucrats the world over devote their lives to deciding how the rest of us should live. Regulations abound, principally to ensure that we are protected from burning ourselves on hot pie fillings, tripping over curbs, drinking fruit scented shampoo

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Social Charges Have Been Lowered To Their Pre-Brexit Rate

Christophe GUAY // Friday, 11 March 2022

Charges sociales


Brits selling French holiday homes or renting them out could save thousands of pounds in surcharges after the French government scrapped a post-Brexit rule.
The French tax authorities have announced that UK residents and British expats in France will no longer have to pay French social charges (prélèvements sociaux) at the full rate of 17.2% provided they are already affiliated to the UK social security system and are not dependent on the French system.

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