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  1. Snap. I have a very fast fibre connection and all other sites load in seconds (or even faster!) but this site just hangs until it finally loads. Then it takes forever to move from topic to topic or page to page. I usually get impatient and go elsewhere. I've up-to-date Windows, ditto Firefox so no obvious version / compatibility issues. I realise there's nothing to be done atm with - as the Banana explains - lack of helpful and informed tech support but I thought it was worth commenting that I'm another with access problems.
  2. Basically, if you are a now a permanent, full-time French resident, you do need to register with the tax authorities. The fact you have no France-derived income doesn't necessarily mean your pensions are exempt from any French contributions, etc. If you have a local tax office, go along and speak to them - you'll need to register anyway to ensure you get sent a tax form next year. You say your CdeS was issued in July 2021 but presumably you arrived before that? What was your 'official' moved to France date? That tends to be the date that matters.
  3. I do find these clichés tedious. Someone's experience of France - or any country - is just that: their experience. If others have different experiences and perceptions - and, unsurprisingly, they do - their's are no less important or less valid or anything else. Just different. Which is fine. Macron (and any previous president) may have exacerbated if not caused various rifts in France but duh! Brexit and the UK? Johnson and the UK? Scottish independence? The UK not a bitterly divided nation at present? ? Germany has its problems too. And that's before we look further east. Macron's France and its challenges in the 2020s is not unique. And a re an earlier ALBF remark: << Sell house UK buy cheap house France. Retire, convert it into a gîte, set up some dumb tourist business and live a fruitful life in France. Mostly all move to the same places and try and do the same thing. Which is as dumb as the idea in the first place. They never ask the question why French people don't do this. >> ? If ideas and people have to be referred to as "dumb" in order to (try to) make a point, I don't think that argument is particularly strong or even well thought through. To say the least. ? However, tens of thousands of French people clearly do operate successful gîtes and b&b businesses. That's bleddy obvious! In fact, plenty of nationalities are successful and do make adequate livings from them. They might not be able to support a family of 5 on their earnings but as a supplementary income, good quality properties and the right location will deliver - particularly in this new Covid world where many tourists want a holiday where they retain some control over their environment. I don't know why people who find a niche and do something well and receive an income from it should be described as dumb. That's just petty and negative.
  4. << Is the confrontational attitude in the responses of some/many members responsible for the waning popularity of this Forum? >> Yes. Definitely. Part of the problem is there isn't the variety of posters and experiences that there used to be. So the permanently and vocal depressed who blame France for their woes rather than themselves are foremost in their disparagement of others' questions and experiences rather than being just a part of the background noise of forum life. We purchased this house in 2000, moved permanently in 2004, have run businesses and been employees at various times over the past 18 years (cannot recommend being an employee of a good French company highly enough! it makes life so simple) and life here is good. France is not utopia, no country is once the tax bills start to arrive, but it is a very good place to be. We did not speak perfect French on arrival, I don't even now and though OH has worked - as the only British person - in a French company for the past 8 years, he would not say his French is perfect. Enough French and making the effort to learn combined with a positive personality gets you a long way. OH retires this year and his boss has asked him if he has any British compatriots with a similar work ethic (primarily not clock-watching) who would be interested in joining the company. There are a lot of companies out there who need staff and to begin with, enough French to understand the health & safety videos is all that's asked for. I have many positive things to say about France but (having contributed to Living / Complete France forums in various guises for 22 years) I don't find this forum is the place to do that nowadays. Which is a shame.
  5. I forgot to reply to this: You didn't mention how well-grown the tree is. When a tree (or shrub) is recently transplanted in spring, if it bursts too enthusiastically into leaf, that may place stress on the existing root system by summer, esp if it's a dry season. If it's a particularly bushy specimen, it might be worth thinning it out the shoots for this year so it doesn't have too much lush, leafy growth to support.
  6. To start off your research, I recommend talking to your local Office de Tourisme and, if you're in a very touristy area, your Mairie may also be aware of the process. You'll need to register at the Mairie anyway if you decide to go ahead. Do you intend this to be your main source of income - more than, say, pensions or other business ventures? You don't need to tell us but that will probably affect how you set up your business. This forum might also be of help - https://www.startbusinessinfrance.com/ You pay for services (it's her business) but they're realistic sums; Valerie has been around for years and seems to have plenty of satisfied customers. I don't know her, have never used her services personally, but I do know people who have and they've been happy with the advice and info she provided. You could try asking your questions on the laymyhat forum - there's a b&b section there. It is pretty quiet nowadays, though. Which probably tells you there aren't a lot of new people starting up. https://www.laymyhat.com/forum/ I don't think it's the worst time to be starting a b&b or gîte. A lot of people have stopped doing both during the past 2 years because it's often done to supplement a pension or other activity and fewer (older) people want to have possibly diseased strangers passing through their home on a regular basis if they don't have to. So there may be less competition now. For some holidaymakers, the prospect of travelling long distances on metal tubes with recycled air is not as appealing as it might have been 2 years ago so they are looking for easier, closer options where they have control over their environment and who is in it. It's obvious but still worth saying: don't plan to rely on British visitors... to be successful, you need to appeal to the French market and, depending on where you are, probably Belgian and Dutch holidaymakers too. Perhaps Italian and German as well. Hope that starts you off with a few ideas.
  7. If it was "transplanted late last year" I read that as transplanted somewhere between October and December 2021. So it has been in its new spot for less than 6 months? If that is correct, as you've moved it once, I don't see any reason not to move it again before the end of this month as it won't have put much effort into growing new roots. Move it on a day where there is no frost in the ground, prepare the hole carefully so that it doesn't run the risk of becoming waterlogged if you get a lot of rain in early spring, and try not to lose any of the existing soil from around the root ball. If we move a tree or shrub that was well-established, we run a few lengths of old hose pipe under the rootball and out of the earth at the surface. We poke a few holes in the hose pipe where it runs under the plant. If it turns out to be a very dry spring or summer, we can water the plant (or tree) by putting water down the hosepipe from the surface so that water goes where it is needed and encourages the roots to grow down to the water source.
  8. UK registered transit van. He lives in the UK, his holiday home here is exactly that.
  9. ps: presumably you've seen this article in Complete France: https://www.completefrance.com/french-property/legal/renting-out-a-french-holiday-home-tax-implications-8666684
  10. Salut. 1. Sure you can. 2. I know there are but whether they'd recommend now as a time to invest in French property is something I don't know. While the FR property market values are generally (with exceptions) very slow-growing, the turnover of rural properties is quite high atm due to French city dwellers suddenly deciding a rural bolthole isn't a bad thing in Time of Covid. So you would be buying at the top of the market. 3. No. For eg, the equivalent of Council Tax varies according to location. Other taxes may vary too depending on what you buy or do to it. Turning outbuildings into gîtes is also far more complicated and regulated than it used to be. 4. Airbnb gets your place in front of would-be guests but there are +ves and -ves to using Airbnb exclusively. You still need a trustworthy caretaker. And Airbnb will be superseded by something else eventually because that's what happens. 5. Oh loads! ? Imo - if you are determined to purchase as a holiday let which your family will use from time to time, don't start from scratch. Buy an existing business because then you'll get an idea of actual returns over the years rather than best guess. You would probably inherit the renting infrastructure too - property managers, cleaners, emergency call out people for when guests do something stupid... Finally, there's an independent holiday rental owners forum you could take a look at - https://www.laymyhat.com/forum/ It's quieter than it used to be a few years ago, but you may still find some useful information there.
  11. Re furniture, a friend locally has a holiday home and is an antique restorer in the UK. He regularly takes furniture back - things he's acquired here and plans to restore and sell in the UK. On the rare occasion he is stopped, he explains he has a French house and he needs these pieces of his furniture back in the UK now. No Carnet or form filling in advance and no difficulties. I had this conversation with him last weekend so it's not a story via a friend-of-a-friend or from 2 years ago - it's what he's experiencing personally this year. But it's not guaranteed that would be your experience, of course. ?‍♀️
  12. You (one) can still gather with friends and family, say a few words, anecdotes, etc, just without the casket. Seems perfectly satisfactory to me. Having signed up to the process in advance, a friend's husband died (preceded by a long illness) and iIrc, one of the local funeral services took care of transport to the teaching hospital at Caen for around 200 euro. That's it, body gone, no cremation or other disposal fees to pay. She arranged two memorial parties in FR and UK which she and her OH felt would be a much better use of their funds. OH and I aren't even slightly religious, don't feel the body is relevant once someone is dead, definitely don't want to rot down underground so it's what we've arranged. France has had a few scandals over the years with donated bodies being treated too casually so there's that to factor in but if you're happy with the idea... Info: https://afif.asso.fr/francais/conseils/conseil15.html Of course, putting the arrangements in place doesn't commit you. Once a partner has died, you don't have to go ahead with the donation. If reality causes wishes to alter, you just make traditional arrangements with the pompes funèbres at the time.
  13. Generally, in any country, presumably most tests are carried out by the individual because you think you might have the virus. (I know some going into hospital, for eg, may be required to test and there are the circs you describe, Loiseau). My reasoning may be wrong (not unusual) but if what drives testing at this stage is having symptoms, are the positives only because the UK is testing more or is the UK testing more because people already think they're infected? I'm not convinced "testing more" is a valid reason for growth in cases. I do think the resistance to mask-wearing and casual, non-distanced gatherings on transport and in public spaces are much more likely causes, especially with the more contagious / transmissible Delta variant. Anecdotal experience from people returning to the UK suggests their Day 2 tests aren't all being analysed - ie, tests are being returned to labs but results are never forthcoming, either +ve or -ve, which leads people to suspect only a sample number of the Day 2 tests are actually analysed.
  14. Didn't see either programme but I'd actively avoid Carole Drinkwater - can't stand her.
  15. Hello Old Members! ? It's a cleaner layout - better than having that soddin lavender fields wallpaper behind the (very narrow) column of posts - and I'm sure I can adjust to the new functionality - but what is irritating and probably make or break for me is I can't post anything if I'm using my preferred (latest ver) Firefox browser. This is posted via Chrome; using Firefox causes the submit reply button to hang on 'saving' and saving never completes. I've no desire to change from Firefox to Chrome for one pretty much comatose forum so if Firefox is causing the problem with posting a response, I'm unlikely to persevere.
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