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Bel Air Homes Hints And Tips For Vendors And Buyers

Helpful information based on our experience of selling property in France, and Brittany in particular.

Bel Air Homes est une agence immobilière enregistrée et assurée en France, et membre de la FNAIM (Fédération Nationale de l'Immobilier).

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Bel Air Homes is a fully French registered and insured estate agency, and a member of FNAIM ( Fédération Nationale de l'Immobilier ), the national association of estate agents.



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Commission 2.5 %

Pourquoi acheter avec une agence à frais trop élevés ?

Achetez votre futur bien immobilier avec Bel Air Homes, parce que notre commission est seulement 2,5% TTC.

La commission d’autres agences varient entre 5% et 10%, avec une moyenne de 8%.

Il est donc dans votre intérêt de demander à l’agent immobilier AVANT de visiter le montant de la commission à leur régler, si vous décidez de procéder à l'achat du bien immobilier !

Why buy through a high commission agency ?

It will always be a good idea to buy your property in Brittany with Bel Air Homes, as our sales commission is just 2.5 % including VAT.

Other agencies charge varying commission rates, typically between 5% and 10 %, with the average being around 8%.

It is therefore well worth asking an agent BEFORE viewing how much commission they will be asking you to pay them, should you proceed with the purchase of the property !

Bretagne Brittany http://www.properties-brittany.com/

Commission 2.5 %

Economisez le coût d'une nouvelle voiture.

Si vous achetez votre bien immobilier en France avec Bel Air Homes, vous pourriez aussi économiser assez d'argent pour vous acheter une nouvelle voiture !

Lorsque le vendeur d'un bien reçoit 150 000 €, vous auriez à nous régler une commission de 2,5%, ce qui représente 3 750 € TTC.

Avec une agence à frais élevés demandant 8%, vous auriez à régler 12 000 € !!!

Les agences immobilières en France proposent les biens en vente FAI - frais d'agence inclus.

C’est une des raisons pour lesquelles vous verrez le même bien proposé à différents prix.

Il est donc dans l'intérêt des acquéreurs de demander à l’agent immobilier le montant de la commission qu'il a ajouté AVANT de visiter.

Save yourself the cost of a new car.

If you buy your property in France with Bel Air Homes, you could save enougth money to buy yourself a new car too !

Where the vendor of a property receives 150 000 euros, you would pay Bel Air Homes 2.5% commission, which is 3 750 euros including VAT.

With a high commission agency charging 8%, you would need to pay 12 000 euros !!!

That is a difference of 8 250 euros.

Estate agencies in France advertise properties with their commission included (FAI - frais d'agence inclus).

This is one reason why the same property may be seen advertised for sale at different asking prices.

It is therefore in the interest of all buyers to ask an estate agent how much commission they have added BEFORE viewing a property.

Bretagne Brittany http://www.properties-brittany.com/

Commission 2.5 %

Pourquoi acheter avec une agence à frais trop élevés ?

Achetez votre futur bien immobilier avec Bel Air Homes, parce que notre commission est seulement 2,5% TTC.

La commission d’autres agences varient entre 5% et 10%, avec une moyenne de 8%.

Il est donc dans votre intérêt de demander à l’agent immobilier AVANT de visiter le montant de la commission à leur régler, si vous décidez de procéder à l'achat du bien immobilier !

Why buy through a high commission agency ?

It will always be a good idea to buy your property in Brittany with Bel Air Homes, as our sales commission is just 2.5 % including VAT.

Other agencies charge varying commission rates, typically between 5% and 10 %, with the average being around 8%.

It is therefore well worth asking an agent BEFORE viewing how much commission they will be asking you to pay them, should you proceed with the purchase of the property !

Bretagne Brittany http://www.properties-brittany.com/

Commission 2.5 %

Economisez le coût d'une nouvelle voiture.

Si vous achetez votre bien immobilier en France avec Bel Air Homes, vous pourriez aussi économiser assez d'argent pour vous acheter une nouvelle voiture !

Lorsque le vendeur d'un bien reçoit 150 000 €, vous auriez à nous régler une commission de 2,5%, ce qui représente 3 750 € TTC.

Avec une agence à frais élevés demandant 8%, vous auriez à régler 12 000 € !!!

Les agences immobilières en France doivent indiquer clairement que les frais sont inclus et sont à la charge de l'acheteur (inclus charge acquéreur), puis indiquer le montant avant l'ajout des frais (hors honoraires).

C’est une des raisons pour lesquelles vous verrez le même bien proposé à différents prix.

Il est donc dans l'intérêt des acquéreurs de demander à l’agent immobilier le montant de la commission qu'il a ajouté AVANT de visiter.

Save yourself the cost of a new car.

If you buy your property in France with Bel Air Homes, you could save enougth money to buy yourself a new car too !

Where the vendor of a property receives 150 000 euros, you would pay Bel Air Homes 2.5% commission, which is 3 750 euros including VAT.

With a high commission agency charging 8%, you would need to pay 12 000 euros !!!

That is a difference of 8 250 euros.

Estate agencies in France must clearly state that the fees are included, and are payable by the buyer (inclus charge acquéreur), and then show the amount before the fees have been added (hors honoraires).

This is one reason why the same property may be seen advertised for sale at different asking prices.

It is therefore in the interest of all buyers to ask an estate agent how much commission they have added BEFORE viewing a property.

Bretagne Brittany http://www.properties-brittany.com/

Commission 2.5 %

Pourquoi acheter avec une agence à frais trop élevés ?

Achetez votre futur bien immobilier avec Bel Air Homes, parce que notre commission est seulement 2,5% TTC.

La commission d’autres agences varient entre 5% et 10%, avec une moyenne de 8%.

Il est donc dans votre intérêt de demander à l’agent immobilier AVANT de visiter le montant de la commission à leur régler, si vous décidez de procéder à l'achat du bien immobilier !

Why buy through a high commission agency ?

It will always be a good idea to buy your property in Brittany with Bel Air Homes, as our sales commission is just 2.5 % including VAT.

Other agencies charge varying commission rates, typically between 5% and 10 %, with the average being around 8%.

It is therefore well worth asking an agent BEFORE viewing how much commission they will be asking you to pay them, should you proceed with the purchase of the property !

Bretagne Brittany http://www.properties-brittany.com/

Commission 2.5 %

Economisez le coût d'une nouvelle voiture.

Si vous achetez votre bien immobilier en France avec Bel Air Homes, vous pourriez aussi économiser assez d'argent pour vous acheter une nouvelle voiture !

Lorsque le vendeur d'un bien reçoit 150 000 €, vous auriez à nous régler une commission de 2,5%, ce qui représente 3 750 € TTC.

Avec une agence à frais élevés demandant 8%, vous auriez à régler 12 000 € !!!

Les agences immobilières en France proposent les biens en vente FAI - frais d'agence inclus.

C’est une des raisons pour lesquelles vous verrez le même bien proposé à différents prix.

Il est donc dans l'intérêt des acquéreurs de demander à l’agent immobilier le montant de la commission qu'il a ajouté AVANT de visiter.

Bretagne Brittany http://www.properties-brittany.com/

Commission 2.5 %

Pourquoi acheter avec une agence à frais trop élevés ?

Achetez votre futur bien immobilier avec Bel Air Homes, parce que notre commission est seulement 2,5% TTC.

La commission d’autres agences varient entre 5% et 10%, avec une moyenne de 8%.

Il est donc dans votre intérêt de demander à l’agent immobilier AVANT de visiter le montant de la commission à leur régler, si vous décidez de procéder à l'achat du bien immobilier !

Why buy through a high commission agency ?

It will always be a good idea to buy your property in Brittany with Bel Air Homes, as our sales commission is just 2.5 % including VAT.

Other agencies charge varying commission rates, typically between 5% and 10 %, with the average being around 8%.

It is therefore well worth asking an agent BEFORE viewing how much commission they will be asking you to pay them, should you proceed with the purchase of the property !

Bretagne Brittany http://www.properties-brittany.com/

Save yourself the cost of a new car.

If you buy your property in France with Bel Air Homes, you could save enougth money to buy yourself a new car too !

Where the vendor of a property receives 150 000 euros, you would pay Bel Air Homes 2.5% commission, which is 3 750 euros including VAT.

With a high commission agency charging 8%, you would need to pay 12 000 euros !!!

That is a difference of 8 250 euros.

Estate agencies in France must clearly state that the fees are included, and are payable by the buyer (inclus charge acquéreur), and then show the amount before the fees have been added (hors honoraires).

This is one reason why the same property may be seen advertised for sale at different asking prices.

It is therefore in the interest of all buyers to ask an estate agent how much commission they have added BEFORE viewing a property.

Bretagne Brittany http://www.properties-brittany.com/

Commission 2.5 %

Pourquoi acheter avec une agence à frais trop élevés ?

Achetez votre futur bien immobilier avec Bel Air Homes, parce que notre commission est seulement 2,5% TTC.

La commission d’autres agences varient entre 5% et 10%, avec une moyenne de 8%.

Il est donc dans votre intérêt de demander à l’agent immobilier AVANT de visiter le montant de la commission à leur régler, si vous décidez de procéder à l'achat du bien immobilier !

Why buy through a high commission agency ?

It will always be a good idea to buy your property in Brittany with Bel Air Homes, as our sales commission is just 2.5 % including VAT.

Other agencies charge varying commission rates, typically between 5% and 10 %, with the average being around 8%.

It is therefore well worth asking an agent BEFORE viewing how much commission they will be asking you to pay them, should you proceed with the purchase of the property !

Bretagne Brittany http://www.properties-brittany.com/

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Tips For Vendors :

When Is The Best Time To Sell Property In Brittany?

The property market in Brittany is very active throughout the year, and properties sell well in every single month.

It can be a little quieter at the beginning of January.

It can also be a little quieter for a week or so just after the return to work and school in early September ( La rentrée ).

The property market in Brittany is at its busiest in July and August, as Brittany is a major tourist destination, and there are plenty of potential buyers on holiday here during these months.

Any time of year is therefore a good time to offer property for sale. So please do not hesitate to contact us.

Free Valuations

Should you wish Bel Air Homes to market your property for sale, the first step is to ask your local Bel Air Homes agent to visit the property to prepare a detailed description, and take a full range of photos.

We ask vendors to let us see a copy of the acte de vente from when the property was purchased if possible, and provide us with details of any works carried out at this stage, along with general information concerning the property.

Once we have all of the relevant information, and we have carried out some research, it is possible to suggest a reasonable asking price for marketing purposes, based upon the asking prices of similar properties for sale in similar locations.

Valuations are free for vendors considering marketing their properties with us.

Mandat De Vente Sans Exclusivité / Non-Exclusive Mandate

Once an asking price has been agreed, vendors need to sign a 'mandat de vente sans exclusivité', which gives Bel Air Homes the right to market the property for sale.

This mandate in non-exclusive, because we do not ask for exclusivity when selling a property, as we believe that exclusivity only limits the exposure of a property to potential buyers.

If a vendor chooses to sign an exclusive mandate with one estate agent, and then sells their property using another estate agent, the estate agent with the exclusive mandate will still be entitled to be paid an amount equal to their commission by the vendor. Vendors beware!

Marketing

Bel Air Homes is a fully French registered and insured estate agency, and a member of FNAIM ( Fédération Nationale de l'Immobilier ), the national association of estate agents.

  • http://www.fnaim.fr/
  • We offer our clients a full bilingual estate agency service in English, or French.

    We are not property finders, or a property portal.

    Vendors benefit from our proactive marketing campaign, advice, and help, which is all absolutely FREE.

    With a large advertising budget, and large overheads, we are highly motivated to sell every property in our sales portfolio, as we are only paid on results.

    We have permanent advertising widely across the internet with links to our own Bel Air Homes website from online business directories, and we use many property portals and websites including FNAIM, FNAIM Bretagne, ImmoStreet, Ouestfrance-immo, Explorimmo, Le Télégramme, Figaro immo, A Place in the Sun, France Property Shop, Zoopla, PrimeLocation, Adaptimmo, Facebook, and Twitter, magazines such as the Central Brittany Journal, and Voyage, plus the Connexion newspaper, to give the maximum exposure to vendors' properties to potential buyers.

    A more complete list can be found on the links page of our website.

  • Liens / Links
  • Local and international potential buyers searching for property in Brittany cannot miss our publicity, wherever they are in the world !

    A DPE (diagnostic de performance énergétique) is required before we are permitted to advertise a property with a fixed heating system for sale. The DPE gives the estimated energy consumption (consommations énergétiques), and greenhouse gas emissions (emissions de gaz à effet de serre) for the property.

    Viewings With Potential Buyers

    Your Bel Air Homes agent is the best person to conduct the viewing, given that they will have the experience of selling properties, and therefore the ability to advise potential buyers.

    Your Bel Air Homes agent has the support of FNAIM ( Fédération Nationale de l'Immobilier ), the national association of estate agents, and the advantage of working with other property professionals on a daily basis, who can provide specialist services where necessary.

    Allowing potential buyers to view a property with your Bel Air Homes agent is the best way for them to get a sense of what it might be like to live at a property, rather than what it is like to be there as an invited guest.

    To ensure the health and safety of vendors, potential buyers, and agents, the current government COVID-19 guidlines will be respected.

    Bel Air Homes agents gather most of the relevant information concerning properties from vendors, and other sources, prior to marketing properties, though it can he helpful if vendors are nearby to answer any questions, but not essential.

    First Impressions - Exterior

    Given that a potential buyer may decide whether they like a property, or not, within the first few seconds of their arrival for a viewing, first impressions are very important.

    A well maintained garden, with hedges, walls, fences, gates, driveways and paths in good order, and a house with clean windows, will add to the appeal of a property for potential buyers, and it need not be expensive to present a property at its best.

    First Impressions - Interior

    People like to live in light, bright, and airy properties that feel spacious.

    Vendors should therefore consider removing any heavy curtains from windows that obscure natural light, and painting dark coloured walls a lighter colour to reflect light.

    Clean and tidy rooms that have been decluttered, and had a lot of personal possessions removed, will allow potential buyers to see how much space is available for their lifestyle, and their own furniture and possessions.

    Pets And Animals

    Many potential buyers will love animals, but not all, and some may well be frightened of a barking dog that jumps up to greet them for instance.

    It is therefore better if dogs are not present at a viewing, and if a property includes a field and/or outbuildings for horses and other animals, it may be better that theses animals are secured for the duration of the viewing so that potential buyers can concentrate on what they are there for.

    Accepting An Offer

    It is well worth remembering that once a vendor accepts an offer for their property it is binding, and they are not in a position to accept another offer, so the property is deemed to be off the market at that point.

    Your Bel Air Homes agent will then prepare the dossier for the notaire, and the notaire will then draft the compromis de vente, or promesse de vente, ready for both vendor and buyer to sign. This process generally takes 2 or 3 weeks once an offer has been accepted.

    Pre-Sale Diagnostics / DDT (Dossier de Diagnostic Technique)

    A DPE (diagnostic de performance énergétique) is required before we are permitted to advertise a property, though there are several pre-sales diagnostics that need to be shown to buyers before any sale can progress to the next stage.

  • https://www.allodiagnostic.com/diagnostic-immobilier/
  • https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/N20591
  • It is far better if a vendor has all of the other pre-sale diagnostics, the DDT (Dossier de Diagnostic Technique), carried out when we begin marketing a property. Some vendors choose to wait to have all of the pre-sales diagnostics carried out until they have an offer from a buyer though, as some of these diagnostics have a limited period of validity.

    The notaire requires the pre-sale diagnostics before being able to prepare a compromis de vente, or promesse de vente, and as there are usually anomalies discovered on most properties, however small, it is far better to be discussing any anomalies with a potential buyer before any offer is made, rather than after, to ensure a smooth sale.

    We can arrange to have these diagnostics carried out for vendors if they wish.

    Works

    Should a property require any repairs, or if it has development potential, it is often a good idea for vendors to obtain quotes (devis) for these works, as it can reassure potential buyers, and help them consider how much to offer for a property.

    If works have already been carried out at a property by registered and insured artisans, it can be a good idea for vendors to make the invoices (factures) available during a viewing, by leaving copies on a kitchen table for example.

    Capital Gains Tax On Property Sales

    A vendor will only be liable for capital gains tax (plus-values immobilières) on the sale of their property if it is not their main residence, and they have made a profit, or capital gain.

    The rate payable is total of 36.2%, which is made up of 19% capital gains tax (plus-values immobilières), plus 17.2% social charges (prélèvements sociaux).

    There are exemptions and allowances that apply, and some costs that are deductible, such as improvements to a property by registered artisans. It is worth noting that maintenance works carried out at a property would not be deductible.

    The relevant expert for capital gains tax is the local notaire, as they work closely with the local tax office, and it is the notaire who calculates the amount of capital gains tax to pay, if any, based on the circumstances of the vendor, and the invoices (factures) submitted by the vendor.

    There are many free capital gains tax simulators available on the internet, including one on the Notaires de France website.

  • http://plus-values.notaires.fr/simulateur/index.xhtml
  • A more detailed explanation of capital gains tax in French or English is available on the same website.

  • http://www.notaires.fr/fr/les-plus-values-immobili%C3%A8res
  • https://www.notaires.fr/en/capital-gains-tax-property-0


  • Tips For Buyers :

    Your Property Search

    Bel Air Homes agents live in the areas in which they offer properties for sale, and therefore have good local knowledge, a good understanding of local property market conditions, and have visited every property which they have for sale in that area.

    Bel Air Homes can therefore save buyers plenty of time searching for properties, and help buyers avoid wasting time viewing properties that do not meet their requirements.

    Once we know a buyers search criteria, we can offer our best possible service, and suggest properties that may be of interest based on these criteria.

    Location Of The Property

    It is a good idea for buyers to search for property across a wide area of Brittany to have the best possible choice of properties, rather than a specific location, unless it is important to live close to a certain town for example.

    It is also important for buyers to let us know if a rural, village, or town location would better suit their lifestyle, whether they require local services such as schools, or if they have any specific requirements such as not wanting close neighbours.

    We are happy to describe the location of any particular property honestly and fairly, but it is our policy not to reveal the exact location of any property by giving the coordinates, cadastral reference, or address.

    There are two main reasons.

    Firstly, many owners ask us not to reveal the exact location of their property because;

    1. They want to maintain their privacy.

    2. They prefer to use the professional services of an estate agency when dealing with potential buyers.

    3. They are elderly, or ill.

    4. The house is a second home, and empty for long periods of time.

    5. They have moved away from the area, and the house is empty.

    Secondly, estate agencies that have put in a lot of hard work, and paid out a fortune in publicity, really do not like identifying the exact location of a property until the viewing, as they risk losing their commission.

    Style Of The Property

    Brittany has several styles of property built at diffferent periods in time for buyers to choose from, including longères built from stone, rural properties or town houses built from stone or from concrete blocks, néo-bretonne houses built from concrete blocks, and new builds.

    Something to suit everyone's taste and requirements really.

    Size Of The Property

    The required size of a property to consider will depend on such criteria as its living space (surface habitable), and the number of bedrooms, receptions, and bathrooms needed. Buyers should also consider whether they require a loft area, a basement, or outbuildings, and very importantly how much land they would like.

    Property is relatively inexpensive in Brittany, so buyers do have a wide range of options open to them.

    Condition Of The Property

    Properties are available in a variety of conditions, from complete renovation projects, to properties with little or nothing to do, so buyers will make their property search much easier if they decide how much work they are prepared to do, or have carried out by professionals at their new property, in advance of any viewings.

    Budget

    From April 1st 2017, estate agents in France, including Bel Air Homes, are required to display more information concerning their commission and fees. Where the buyer pays the fees, which is by far the most common way that property is purchased, the sales publicity must display the asking price including the fees, the percentage of fees payable including VAT (honoraires), clearly state that the fees are included, and are payable by the buyer (inclus charge acquéreur), and then show the amount before the fees have been added (hors honoraires). Where the vendor is paying the agency fees, estate agents are required to display the asking price, and clearly state that the fees are payable by the vendor ( inclus charge vendeur).

    The notaire makes the payment to the estate agency for these fees from the proceeds of the sale, once the acte de vente has been signed.

    Bel Air Homes has a very low rate of commission of just 2.5% (minimum 2 500 euros), while some of the high commission estate agencies may charge as much as 10% commission, and have a much higher minimum.

    This is one reason why the same property can appear for sale at different asking prices on different estate agents' websites. Therefore one important thing for a buyer to consider when deciding upon the budget for a property purchase, is how much they are prepared to spend on agency commission.

    There are also fees to pay to the notaire when purchasing property. These are sometimes known as notaire's fees, but the biggest proportion of this fee is a registration fee payable to the French state. Buyers should allow around 6.50% to 10.50% of the purchase price in Brittany for these fees, but typically between 7% and 8% for a family home.

    There are no other costs for buyers when purchasing a property, except of course for the cost of any improvements that they may choose to make.

    Viewings

    Bel Air Homes agents conduct viewings with potential buyers to provide advice and guidance, and most importantly listen to the feedback from buyers to help them find their ideal property.

    To ensure the health and safety of vendors, potential buyers, and agents, the current government COVID-19 guidlines will be respected.

    In all cases, a minimum distance between people of one metre must be respected during viewings.

    The number of people present at the property must be reduced to the strict minimum, and only 1 or 2 people should be present in a room at the same time.

    Hands should be thoroughly cleaned with alcohol hand gel by everybody visiting a property upon arrival, and when leaving too.

    Touching anything at a property during a viewing should be avoided.

    Though face masks are not obligatory, it is advisable to wear one when viewing property. Your Bel Air Homes agent will be wearing one.

    Mortgages

    It is possible for potential buyers to obtain a free mortgage simulation (mortgage in principal) based on their personal financial circumstances before beginning a property search, but a formal offer will not be made in France until after a compromis de vente, or promesse de vente, has been signed.

    Making An Offer

    Bel Air Homes agents will negotiate the sale of the property with vendors and buyers, and can advise on the size of an offer that will likley be accepted.

    Offers can be subject to certain conditions, such as the need to obtain mortgage finance for example.

    Buyers should be in a position to purchase property before making an offer, as once a vendor has accepted an offer, they cannot accept another. Buyers should therefore have the funds available from the sale of a property or from savings, or have the agreement of their bank that mortgage finance will be available before making an offer on a property.

    A formal mortgage agreement cannot be made by a bank until after the compromis de vente, or promesse de vente has been signed though.

    It may therefore be difficult for buyers to have an offer accepted by a vendor if they need to fund the purchase with the sale of another property.

    Once An Offer Has Been Accepted

    Bel Air Homes agents will need to prepare a dossier for the notaires office so that they can draft a preliminary sales contract, which will be either a compromis de vente, or promesse de vente, which in effect are broadly similar.

    Buyers are essentially asked to provide proof of identity and marital status at this stage.

    Which type of preliminary sales contract used generally depends on which notaire is dealing with the transfer of the ownership of a property, and it is usually ready to be signed within 2 or 3 weeks of an offer being accepted, when a deposit, which is normally 10% of the selling price, is payable to the notaire.

    Most notaires in Central Brittany are now using the promesse de vente though, as the advantage is that the vendors can put their properties back on the market immediately should buyers not confirm that they wish to proceed with the sale by returning the levée d'option.

    The signing of the acte de vente generally follows approximately 2 months later, when the balance of the purchase price is payable to the notaire.

    It is worth noting that the date for the signing of the acte de vente stated on the promesse de vente is provisional, as the acte de vente can only be signed once the notaire has all of the relevant information, and a convenient time and date for all parties has been agreed.

    Bel Air Homes agents help buyers every step of the way through the buying process, providing details and explanations when required, or requested.



    The Housing Market In Brittany

    The housing market in general remains very active. Plenty of properties sell all the time, but there are now fewer properties for sale than there were for many years before 2020.

    Since the beginning of 2020 there has been a higher volume of sales largely due to the fact that the health crisis has accentuated the trend of working from home, and in common with many housing markets around the world, people are chosing to move away from cities, and purchase much better value property in rural areas.

    There are also fewer properties being offered for sale, so there are far more potential buyers for properties in Brittany now than there are properties for sale, and it is therefore very much a sellers' market.

    This has led to the selling prices in Brittany rise by around 15 % since the beginning of 2020, and around 10% in the last 12 months.

    Different organisation's figures do vary, and some people perceive that selling prices have risen much more, but a rise of 10% in the last 12 months would seem to about right from our experience.

    Property in Brittany therefore still offers incredible value for money compared with other regions of France, and interest rates remain very low.

    It is still a great time to snap up a bargain.



    British Citizens Living In France, Or Owning Second Homes In France From January 2021

    British citizens can continue to live in France, come to live in France, or enjoy their second homes in France from January 2021 onwards, though there are some differences.

    The explantion below has been copied directly from the France-Visas website, which contains more information.

  • https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas/
  • Withdrawal Agreement :

    1. You are a British citizen / family member of a UK citizen and you moved to France before the end of the transition period, ie before the 1st of January 2021 :

    You benefit from the withdrawal agreement and can continue to reside in France.

    You are entitled to a residency permit ‘withdrawal agreement’ of either 5 years (if you have lived in France for less than 5 years) or 10 years (if you have lived in France for more than 5 years).

    You will need to request this residency permit online before the 1st of July 2021. You will have until the 1st of October 2021 to complete the procedure and have the actual residency permit.

    2. You are a British citizen, have been married or in an established relationship* with a French National prior to the 1st of January 2021 and moved to France prior to that date :

    You benefit from the withdrawal agreement and can continue to reside in France.

    *Established relationship: either a PACS or durable, duly attested relationship. Attention, if you move to France after the 1st of January 2021, you will need to apply for a Long Stay visa.

    3. You are the family member of a British citizen and will not have moved to France by the 31st of December 2020 :

    If you are moving to France to be with your British family member who already resides in France or if the ties that link you with your British family member were established by the 31st of December 2020, you will need to apply for a short-term Schengen entry visa.

    This will be granted free of charge (visa fee and service fee waived at the TLS drop-off centre), on the basis of an accelerated procedure upon evidence of your relationship and of documents showing that your British family member benefited from the withdrawal agreement.

    4. You are a British citizen and you are moving to France after the 1st of January 2021 :

    You cannot benefit from the withdrawal agreement and the common laws on the entry and residence of third country nationals apply.

    You will therefore need to submit an application for a Long Stay visa (staying more than 90 days in France) to the French Consulate General London if you are a UK resident or to the French Consulate in the country you live in.

    5. You are a British frontier worker, working in France by the 1st of January 2021 and continuing to do so thereafter whilst residing in another EU state (or assimilated) :

    You will benefit from a right to enter and stay.

    As from the 1st of October 2021, you will need to hold a ‘document de circulation’ stating "Article 50TUE- travailleur frontalier/Accord de retrait du Royaume-Uni de l'UE- Non-résident "(art 26).

    This will be granted free of charge and will need to be requested from the ‘Prefecture’ where you work.

    What Won't Change From The 1st Of January 2021 :

    1. You may still travel / apply for a visa with your British passport issued prior to the 1st of January 2021 until it expires (even if bearing the mention European Union).

    2. British citizens do not require a visa if spending up to 90 days over a 180 days period in the Schengen area.

    You may however be asked like any other third country nationals to justify your travel by the Immigration Officer (means of living, address of stay, medical travel insurance…).

    3. British citizens, married to EU nationals, wishing to settle or reside more than 90 days in France (at the same time as their spouse or rejoining him/her) will not require a settlement visa (pursuant to the EU Directive 2004/38).

    4. To travel to the French Overseas territories, British citizens do not require a visa for short stays (up to 90 days).

    5. No change either for the holders of other British passports : British Nationals (Overseas), British Overseas Territories Citizens, British Overseas Citizens, British Protected Persons, British Subjects.

    6. UK citizens going to France to work for up to 90 days will not require a visa.

    They will need to obtain a temporary work permit unless travelling for a sporting, cultural or scientific event, a seminar or trade show, the production and broadcast of cinematographic and audiovisual works, modelling, IT/ asset management/ insurance/ finance/ design/ engineering audit or expertise missions.

    Attention, a long stay visa is required if staying more than 90 days in France.

    What Will Change From The 1st Of January 2021 :

    1. As of the 1st of January 2021, UK citizens will need a Long Stay visa if staying in France or in a French Oversea territory for more than 90 days whatever the purpose of stay (work, studies, ICT, Au Pairing, passport talent, visitor, family reunification, family members of French nationals, etc.).

    2. Specific case of owners of second homes in France :

    If you are spending between 3 to 6 months a year in France, you are not considered as a resident in France and cannot pretend to a ‘Carte de Séjour’ under the withdrawal agreement. You will have to apply for a temporary Long Stay visitor visa ‘VLS-T Visiteur’.

    If you spend more than 6 months a year in France, you are then considered as a French resident and must apply for a Long Stay visitor visa (visa de long séjour valant titre de séjour VLS-TS « visiteur »).

  • https://france-visas.gouv.fr/web/france-visas/votre-arrivee-en-france
  • 3. Third country nationals, family members of UK citizens, can no longer pretend to visas as ‘family members of EU nationals’ (unless your UK family member benefited from the withdrawal agreement and lives in France).

    You are submitted to the rules set by the Community Code on Visas (CCV) for short stays: you will need to pay the visa and service fees and provide all documents as per the purpose of your stay in France.

    Those who wish to move to France will have to apply for a Long Stay visa.

    4. Third country nationals, family members of EU citizens (other than UK citizens), residing in the UK under cover of a Residence card as the family member of a Union citizen can no longer travel visa-free.

    As from the 1st of January 2021 you will need to apply for a visa to travel and to move to France (pursuant to the EU Directive 2004/38).

    5. Third country nationals, residing in the UK, are no longer automatically exempt from Airport Transit Visas (ATV) – depending on your nationality you may have to apply for a ATV.




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