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  1. Has anyone got an idea of the cost of tiling a 16 m2 terrace. It will include the cost of removing the old tiles ( Most of which can be removed by hand ) and the old chape Mortier, putting down new chape Mortier and tiles costing 30€ per m2. In these infrlationery times, a friend says it could cost 6,000€ which has shocked us.
  2. We noticed in our local newspaper that the price of second hand cars has shot up, so we dropped by our local Renault dealer today to get some information. We ended up with two quotes, one for a diesel and one for a petrol car. We currently have a Renault Koleos 4x4 diesel 10cv manual gear change, which we bought in April 2018 for 36,000€. It has 34000km on the clock. The quote for the same model diesel but with automatic gears is now 55,224€ which includes a new charge for a Malus ecolique of 5,105€. They are offering 31,300€ trade in value bringing the net cost down to 23,900€ The petrol quote, automatic gears with 8cv and is a 4x2, is 46,549€ and the trade in value is 30,700€ bringing the net cost to 15,800€. With our current car we have used the 4x4 on one occasion in the mountains. About 85% of our motoring is short trips of about 30km each time. Neither of us knows anything about cars other than how to drive them, we have never opened the bonnet on the current car. We would appreciate some advice from the wise owls on the board as to what is the better option for us is. An electric car would not be suitable as we live in a building of 12 apartments and the parking space in the garage has no electrical points. At the last AGM a proposal to install an electrical junction box was turned dowd as being to expensive. Danny.
  3. Thanks for all the responses. We have contacted two other plumbers and one of them said if we do not know the mark of the equipment then they have no solution for us. The other plumber came up with a possible solution, that was to install a normal toilet, however it will not work as it would only leave 8cm space between the toilet and the door. We have another plumber coming this afternoon who will see if a smaller toilet with a thin cistern can be installed or if a high cistern can be installed. We talked to the original plumber that gave us the 1920€ , about printing the part, however he said that the whole mechanism had to be replaced and did not think that it would be possible, in addition he could not stand over 3d parts in terms of a guarantee. Frustrated.
  4. We have a toilet that is suspended which is integrated into the wall. A small plastic part of the flushing mechanism has broken. The plumber arrived and said we had a huge problem. He has temporarily fixed the system and says he can do full repairs at the start of next year. His estimate has arrived for 1,920€. We are in shock, his explanation is the system is very old and a part can not be found so the existing toilet has to be replaced which involves destroying tiles and replacing them etc, 20 hours of work.
  5. We have paid habitation tax and tax foncia for the past two years on a property which was sold in may 2019, at the time we were told that the payments would be refunded. We sent letters , emails and recorded letters to the impots, all were ignored. Last week we visited the impot offices and made it clear our patience had run out, they told us that things were running two years in arrears, however they accepted that we were due a refund. Three days later the refunds arrived in our bank accounts, not a 100% recovery apparently some part of the Taxe Foncia is not recoverable. So our advice is go to the local taxe office and make your case.
  6. You are correct, except they tend to be the immigrants seeking a new life in the UK. We have come across lots of these people when we are on Randos, not a pleasant trip high in the Pyrenees when you are very poorly dressed.
  7. We took the risk today.Just back from a days shopping, no problems on the way down, however cars were been stopped at the entrance to the Spanish motorway, Lots of cars pulled over, the two cars in front of us had Belgium plates , both pulled over, lots of french cars also, saw the debit card machine in action. When it was our turn, they looked at the number plates, ( 66 ) and waved us on.From the 7Th June 2021, just the digital cert is all that is required, no PCR test, but it must be for the two jabs.
  8. Normally we go to Spain two times a month, however that was before Covid-19.We have both received our two vaccinations and got the digital vaccination certificates. Can we cross the border without a PCR test. ?We can not find anything on line.
  9. Is it my imagination or have property prices suddenly taken a 10% price increase over the past 6 months.In our area  Department 66, all we see are sold signs in the estate agent windows, plus on Leboncoin the prices for apartments at the sea or near the sea seem to have increased by over 10%, at least the asking prices.In our former department 17, it would appear that prices for properties have also taken a jump in asking prices. On talking to a friend, they have told us that prices have risen and properties are moving very quickly.
  10. Brilliant, I managed to follow your instructions and all is now good.Thanks a lot.Just need to cancel the appointment. Danny.
  11. Thank you for responding.Last year on the online form the boxes existed, this year they do not exist.We tried calling the helpline but nobody answers. We then drove to the tax office and talked to someone, however he said it was beyond his grade so we have an appointment with a controller who comes one a week for the 11.05.21. Fingers crossed that he understands.
  12. I submitted our return last week and the impots calculated the amount that we owed. Unfortunately it calculated the profits from renting at 17.2% rather than 7.5%.Last year we ticked boxes 8SH and 8SI which are not listed on the form 2042 this year.Other than contacting the impots or looking for a refund, how do we amend the return. We will appreciate help on this matter.
  13. We have a Renault that we bought about 3 years ago.To date we have accumulated 27,500km, it has a diesel engine.The car had its first service about a year ago at 22,500km and then they told us to come back at 26,000km to change the front brakes, which we did.Since the first service we have done 5,000km in the last year, according to the message on the screen a service is due in 14 days.We visited the garage and asked if we needed another service after doing just 5,000km, they said we needed the full second service. The garage is a Renault garage.We know nothing about cars other than how to drive them. According to the documents we got from Renault the service intervals are every 30,000km or every year.Your thoughts and advice will be appreciated.
  14. Got the bill today, 198€, so not so bad.
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