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  1. I have absolutely no doubt of your professional knowledge and experience in this field :-)  but  is about something more important than your ego.   SD has found us the 'texte' What I am asking for is references that show how "reconstruction" as in Des dépenses de construction, de reconstruction, d'agrandissement ou d'amélioration, supportées par le vendeur et réalisées par une entreprise is being interpreted in France. The OP says that his Notaire has indicated a change of interpretation. Is this happening all over, or is it another example of different offices putting different interpretations on things? Are there any written guidelines, and where can they be found? Where does this leave the 15% of the purchase price that can be deducted if you have no 'justicatifs' I would have thought that is this is not counted as capital expenditure in your terms it wouldn't be deductible either, but has anybody any evidence that this is happening? Lorsque le contribuable......  n'est pas en état d'apporter la justification de ces dépenses, une majoration égale à 15 % du prix d'acquisition est pratiquée Post edited by the moderators. Users must not post messages which: Are insulting, abusive, racist, sexist, or derogatory in any way to others, whether they are individuals or companies, users of the Forum or not. Contain explicit language or vulgarities (whether written in French, English or any other language)
  2. In fact what should happen is that the whole of Europe adopt a similar system. The choice is between the British one of using the criterion of residence, paid for in part by tax and partly by Social Security, or that of the rest of Europe, where the payments for health are more clearly earmarked. If that was brought in in the UK, retired people both in the UK and abroad would continue to pay Social Security contributions on their pensions, as is the case in France. As it is British people in France have their  (more expensive) French health care paid for by the UK on the E121; not very fair on those who stay in the UK and have to accept the NHS, but have paid the same contributions during their working lives.
  3. [quote user="ams"]32 years as a FCA, 25 years as a FITI, 32 years in professional practice, but hey what would I know ?   ams [/quote] I do apologise! I didn't realise you had been living and practising in France for so long. I assumed you were one of those Brits who come over and assume that things are exactly the same as in the UK, including ways of warking and the interpretation of Law. Obviously not. As this has very important consequences for some of us, perhaps you can point us to the French sources of your information: after all you are the expert, and we bow to your knowledge, but would like to see what to quote to substantiate it if we have to.
  4. You are very sensible to seek a quiet life. There is nothing to be gained by antagonising the Maire. I wonder if your Notaire did a proper job, and is now feigning ignorance. Normally any "servitude de passage" ( like a right of way, and not at all as big as a chemin rural) is noted in the acte authentique in both senses..if you have one over neighbours' land, and if they have one over yours, and should have been brought to your attention at the reading of the acte when you signed. If you read French ok you might like to look at this site: http://www.jurisprudentes.org/bdd/faqs_article.php?id_article=2783 but note that it is not an official 'texte' just a site giving advice about these sorts of problems.
  5. [quote user="Sunday Driver"][quote user="NormanH"] Nobody has yet found a 'texte' other than the one I quoted. "Le prix des travaux de construction, reconstruction, agrandissement, rénovation ou amélioration" [/quote] Perhaps you missed the post containing the actual text of the tax code.... I think you'll find that the word 'rénovation' was introduced by your unofficial website - there's no actual mention of it in the legal code. We were posting at the same time, so I didn't see your post, which provides for the first time exactly what I asked for before..the official texte .Thank you On the other hand it doesn't change the gist of what I said before. Even if you take out the word 'renovation ' (which is still there in the site of the Notaires of Paris!) what I posted was "In that case it all depends on the interpretation put on 'reconstruction'... For example a wall that has to be re-built in my terms is reconstruction, even though it could be called a replacement." It still seems to me that the crux is in the interpretation of the word reconstruction, and I don't see any mention of "capital expenditure"   and " revenue expenditure." in the texte. What about a roof that has caved in?  The building has one, but it needs to be rebuilt.  Isn't that reconstruction?         [/quote]
  6. [quote user="ams"]No, it was never allowed as it was a replacement and therefore not capital expenditure. However if the building had no wiring then putting in wire would be capital expenditure and therefore be allowed for CGT purposes.   In the past such costs were allowed to "slip through" the system, now perhaps it has changed, the legal situation has not changed.   ams [/quote] Nobody has yet found a 'texte' other than the one I quoted. "Le prix des travaux de construction, reconstruction, agrandissement, rénovation ou amélioration" In that case it all depends on the interpretation put on 'reconstruction'... For example a wall that has to be re-built in my terms is reconstruction, even though it could be called a replacement. You could argue the same for a roof...which is a rénovation. Where did you fish out this distinction ams?
  7. I have found another way round it! SORTED I hope ! Have found this article, and blocked the number http://www.01net.com/editorial/351378/les-freenautes-vont-pouvoir-bloquer-les-coups-de-fil-indesirables/?rss Thanks for all the suggestions..
  8. It is illegal. There is an article in today's MidiLibre about a German man who won a case against an Agency who refused to let to him on the grounds that he didn't have a French ID card http://www.midilibre.com/articles/2008/04/19/20080419-FRANCE-MONDE-Bail-refuse-agence-condamnee.php5 Post edited by a moderator to replace article text with a link.
  9. The SACEM are certainmy not scammers, and they don't joke! While I believe it is a private, not a Governlmental organisation you will need to have made the correct declarations to them if you have a "contrôl"
  10. Did she say since when this change has come about? The site of the Notaires of Paris is still quoting theold (new!) version du montant réel des éventuels travaux de construction, reconstruction, agrandissement, rénovation ou amélioration réalisés par des  entreprises In these cases where a professionam quotes somthing a bit bizarre  I find it can help to politely ask for the reference no of the 'texte' so you can see it for yourself
  11. Compare my review of the Ch'tis here with the one in today's Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film-and-tv/features/meet-the-french-directors-bemoaning-the-gallic-film-boom-810827.html me : "It is a mildly amusing.." Independent "A pleasant, mildly funny but mediocre movie," me "much that is derivative and anodyne " Independent "a cheerful, cliché-ridden, underscripted attempt " me "an escape from reality" Independent "He has tapped in to the same vein of French sentimentalism" me "It's not "la Grande Vadrouille" Independent " It does not deserve to be considered alongside La Grande Vadrouille," they also compared it to "allo allo as I did in Jill's thread about French films for Art or Entertainment Do you think the Independent have a lurker in here
  12. [quote user="cooperlola"]Like others, I think this is very suspicious.  The funds should be in the notaire's account at the signing.  When we bought, the cheque for the balance was handed over on the spot to the sellers, and we believed this was normal practice. I would complain to the Notaire's own association, I smell a rat here: http://www.notaires.fr/notaires/notaires.nsf/V_TC_PUB/CLAIMS [/quote] Not necessarily  normal practice to hand over the money on the spot. It can happen but the Notaire can hang on to the money for a long time ( about 2 months I believe) and some of them top up their earnings with the interest accrued
  13. No bad feelings! I quoted it really to underline your point that France is not nearly as PC as the UK They still use "Nègre " for example which I find extraordinary or 'cretin' as an insult... I didn't like Benny Hill, but I did enjoy 'outrageous' humour  like Round the Horne.
  14. I have bought and sold four times, and each time I bought I had to pay in advance into the Notaire's account. Once it was a long time getting the money out of him for a sale, but I can only say that in my experience in France it all goes OK in the end. Bon Courage for your friends
  15. NormanH

    Bay tree

    I believe that oleander (laurier rose) is also very poisonous And it is so pretty... Toxicité : C’est une des plante les plus dangereuses de nos régions. Feuilles, fleurs, écorce et bois, frais ou séchés, sont toxiques à très faible dose. On considère qu’une seule feuille peut être mortelle pour l’homme. 'it is one of the post dangerous plants found in our region: leaves, flowers, bark and stem, fresh or dried are poisonois in even very small quantities. Even a single leaf can be deadly.' http://www.aujardin.info/plantes/laurier-rose.php
  16. [quote user="Logan"][quote user="Will"]  And why should they when they can get a good package of benefits, paid for by those who are in work? [/quote] Because Will the world constantly changes, except in France of course. That's the perception not the reality. Like most institutions who live beyond their means. France is like the boy with his finger in the dam. [/quote] And what comparison would you use for UK plc?
  17. But in the fantastically popular film "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis " which has just come out in France there is great mirth made out of the fact that an able-bodied man pretends to be disabled in order to get preferential treatment for a good posting: he mimics spasms ( supposed to be a funny movement) and the lame joke (!!) at the end is that when the person checking on him leaves he forgets he is supposed to be wheelchair-bound, and stands up. On another thread on this board I was mocked as being PC Norman when I pointed this out.
  18. You should be VERY proud of yourself ..congratulations.[:D]
  19. I think some people are confusing the difficulty getting a skilled builder to renovate their house with the rather different problem here. There are a lot of dirty dangerous jobs needing to be done (such as demolishing buildings with asbestos in, emptying dustbins, working very long hours). French people feel that they have been educated above this level, and expect, quite rightly in my opinion, proper Health and Safety conditions, and normal working hours, so they won't take these jobs. Unscrupulous employers take on desparate illegal workers, because they don't ask the same rates or conditions, but of course after a while those people become quite skilled. If they then want to move up the ladder they are threatened with expulsion. These men were striking to show what an important contribution they make to tasks that nobody else will do. Of course there is also a shortage of builders but it's not the same thing.  
  20. [quote user="Fleur"]  Good Lord! It's enough to put one off owning anything here! All we wanted was to be able to buy a house that we may have fallen in love with, before selling this one. [/quote] I think you have answered your own question! You have fallen in love with a house... The head says it might not be a good idea, but the heart... I have always bought with my heart and always lost out financially, but don't regret it because I  was happy.
  21. Like you I am not an expert, but I have seen references, and heard it said, that there is no law against Trespass. Perhaps it goes back to the Revolution?
  22. Just to further my point, this is a link to the EDF prices which shows how much more you pay as a standing charge if you have highet power (kwh) http://www.edf.fr/index.php4?coe_i_id=141626
  23. Buying a second house could get you into the capital gains trap, but only if you sell it before you have had it for 15 years. When I suggested renting it was of something like a winter let of a furnished property, so you wouldn't really need to move in to it, just take your personal things and clothes.
  24. Why go into the Bank? it's for the tax people, to be used when you fill in your declaration.
  25. My experience with Credit in France ( and I have had two mortgages and several loans/store cards etc) is that they want to see something they can understand and is familiar to them as evidence of income. It was much easier for me once I could show copies of 3 years French  tax with the 'Revenu fiscale de référence' on them ( this is roughly stating what your taxeable income is, and can be used as proof of income.) What they weren't very interested in is documents in English. My bank is also the source of my major loans, but I had been with them for some years and they could also see regular payments going in. They will also apply strictly a 30% rule.  Your payments out musn't be over 30% of your income for all credit.
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