If you have a second home in France, prepare for a shock next time you open your taxe d’habitation bill. Councils are now legally allowed to raise the taxe by up to a whopping 60%!

Second home short rentals apparently disrupt the housing market, making it more difficult for buyers to find a home at a reasonable price.

According to INSEE, there are 3.4 million second homes in France.

If your main home is in France, you won’t be affected by this rise, but Brits who live in England and own a holiday home in France should take a deep breath before opening their next bill.

It’s already happening in Paris, Nice and Bordeaux and 1,151 French councils, towns and cities with a population of more than 50,000 are eligible to impose the tax.

The increase is particularly of course popular in tourist hotspots, where short-term rentals are widely viewed as having distorted the local housing market.

However, if your second home is here in the Roussillon, you can let out that breath for the moment, as this huge rise does not concern the Pyrénées-Orientales!


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