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Susie Hollands
Susie Hollands

Hi, I am currently in the process of having a house built in the Dordogne. Should my wife and I be considering whether this should be in joint names or just the one of us? Are their tax implications depending upon which route we go down?
Thanking you in advance,

by Graham Pritchard on 02 May 2018 Read Answer
Susie Hollands
Susie Hollands

We have a short term apartment rental (5months) i France. After 4 weeks there has been a leak in the bathroom ceiling above the toilet. As of today which is now 7 weeks since first reporting this, it is still not fixed. The landlord suspended a container from the ceiling to catch the water (a fair amount) and we have to put a bucket underneath to catch the overflow. We have contacted them numerous times about health / safety issues, sending pictures of the containers, the colour of the water, the spillages on the floor of and also to get a timeline for repair (which we do not have as of today). We feel that it not legal to ask us (with a young family and a daughter who has a underlying respiratory illness) to live along side this hazard. We read our rights and feels that they fail to provide decent accommodation during the tenancy as we clearly have a breech in water tight property alongside ceilings in good state of repair. In order to be ‘decent’ the property should not present any risk to the physical, security, or health of the occupants, and should be sufficiently provided with services and facilities that enable normal occupation." They have offered a 200 euro per month reduction (rental is 500 euro per week) or be relocated - neither of which we feel is appropriate. We refused to be relocated as we selected that property and entered into an agreement for that property only (not any other). We have requested to mutually agree the tenancy and receive a pro rata refund of rental (which the fun amount was paid up front) to which she has refused. She states that the apartment is perfectly habitable and presents no health issues to us. Can you advise please.

by ROBERT on 16 Feb 2018 Read Answer
Susie Hollands
Susie Hollands


I am interested in sustainable housing in France, but I have a couple of questions for it. Could help me with this?

For a sustainable project I want to know how French people buy their houses. For example via Estate Agents? Or platforms on the internet?
What segments are there in housing in France?
What does the French target group find important if a house costs between 200.000 euros and 500.000 euros: like how many rooms do they expect? is there a kitchen, how many m2?

I hope you could help me with this!

Kind regards,


by Lisa on 03 Oct 2017 Read Answer
Susie Hollands
Susie Hollands

I hope you can answer my question though it's about rental, not buying or selling.
- Apartment I rented is a studio that has a mezzanine. Rent was calculated as if mezzanine is full-height separate floor, when in reality it's not (you cannot stand up there), so apartment that's officially 25m2 was rented as 40m2. Is there anything I can do about it?
- Some months ago it turned out renovation was done badly and there was risk of fire, so in half of the apartment electricity was disconnected and never fixed after that. Should the rent have been adjusted?
- There is severe mold or/and other smell that owner hasn't done anything about for 9 month (ever since I moved in). I have been sick with respiratory problems ever since. Is there anything that can be done about this? (I am not staying in the apartment anymore).
- Does owner have legal right to forbid Airbnb sublet? I rented the place out for 10 days during 9 months, and owner threatens with legal action.
Best regards,

by Laura on 30 Sep 2017 Read Answer
Susie Hollands
Susie Hollands

Let me introduce myself. I am 54 years old Indian national and working in Dubai since last 14 years. This month I have visited Paris with my family (wife & daughter 23 years old) and like the country very much. I thought I should have a 2 Bed Room apartment in Paris. Could you please help me out, how to buy & how much it will cost to me.

by Rajendra on 24 May 2017 Read Answer
Guillaume Barlet
Guillaume Barlet

This is a difficult question and I hope you can find the solution. I'm an American citizen who wants to refinance my French mortgage loan held by a French bank. The bank refused, so I went to see a mortgage broker who told me maybe one French bank would consider my application. All this because I'm an American citizen and I think FACTA has caused the French banks to back away from American citizens.What should I do to take advantage of the low interest rates right now in France? Thank you.

by Debra Finerman on 10 Sep 2016 Read Answer
Susie Hollands
Susie Hollands

15 years ago we bought a 3 bedroom apartment in Meribel. I believe the SCI rules have changed. What sort of tax percentage will we pay if we sell our capital gains (as its a SCI). What are our options for renting?

by johnny harrison on 06 Apr 2016 Read Answer
Guillaume Barlet
Guillaume Barlet

We bought a property in France last year and in June 2015 it was ours we moved here in July 2015. We have renovated the house ourselves along with the help of family members as the house was not habitable however we did live there during the renovations from new roof down. We want to sell our house now and move to a bigger one as not much space here. We have been informed by the notate and immobiler that we have to live here for 18 months and also told 2 years or the previous owner can claim any profit we make on the sale which is not going to be anything as the renovation work cost more than the house was purchased for. We don't have the receipts they are asking for as we didn't know we had to keep any and most were lost in the renovations anyway as we were constantly having to buy materials for the renovation. Please can you give the correct advice regarding this as I am getting conflicting information from the notaire and immobile. Many thanks in anticipation

by Jacqui on 01 Mar 2016 Read Answer
Susie Hollands
Susie Hollands

Hi, It would be my first visit to Paris along with my wife and little daughter, in July, 2016 and the stay would likely be for four years. Can I find a suitable house for rent up to 600-700 Euros near the location "18 Rue Lord Byron, 75008 Paris, France" as my office is at this place?

by Hassi on 22 Feb 2016 Read Answer
Guillaume Barlet
Guillaume Barlet

My wife and her children are selling their house in France. A buyer was found before Christmas, and my wife and her children signed the compromise and sent it to the selling agent in France. In that compromise they undertook to sell by Feb 15th 2016.

However, following that, the buyer became concerned about a right of way that exists over the property, so he delayed signing whilst he investigated. This was resolved on about 28th Jan when we received a phone call to say a solution had been found and the house sold.

We are going to France for a week on Feb 5th to empty the house etc, and my wife and her children will to sign to give their notaire permission on their behalf when the time comes. The selling agent has indicated that this will take place in March, but has given no further details.

My question is this - can we ask our notaire to delay the final sale until after April 6th as this would suit us for capital gains tax purposes (in the UK)?

Best wishes

by Mr Norman Babbedge on 01 Feb 2016 Read Answer

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