A property owner in Languedoc recently discovered that he had been paying taxes on his neighbor’s apartment, which he didn’t own. France’s land ownership registry, the cadastre, was established in the Napoleonic era, and its records govern property taxes. A clerical error made when the owner bought the apartment led to a demand of payment of back taxes, which the owner contested.
“The plans were created during the Napolenic era for tax purposes, and although they generally serve their purpose in boundary definition they are not definitive.”
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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