Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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French Rental Activity – Rules and Regulations

If you own rental property in France you might want to pay attention to the rules and regulations. If you earn an income from property in France, you are obliged to declare that income in France and pay any relevant taxes in France. This also applies to UK citizens who declare French income. Unfurnished rental income is classed as a “private” income and does not involve registration as such.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you earn an income from property in France, you are obliged to declare that income in France and pay any relevant taxes in France. UK residents would also declare their French income on their UK tax return and a tax credit would be applied if any French tax had been paid, thus avoiding double taxation.
  • The French tax year runs from January to December and income tax returns are filed in May of the year following the tax year.
  • Unfurnished rental income is classed as a “private” income and does not involve registration as such. However, as soon as the property is let furnished, this comes under the category of self-catered furnished rental and is classed as a commercial activity in France, requiring registration with the relevant authorities (not simply with the Mairie).

“Unfurnished rental income is classed as a “private” income and does not involve registration as such. However, as soon as the property is let furnished, this comes under the category of self-catered furnished rental and is classed as a commercial activity”

https://www.frenchentree.com/french-property/french-rental-activity-rules-and-regulations/

About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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