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I grew up in a very small Wiltshire village in the middle/late 1980's.

A few houses in the village were second homes mostly owned by Londoners.

The people who lived in the village (mostly all their lives) did not like/hated these people. Incomers.....

Fast forward to 2020 and peoples attitude towards second home owners is the same.

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbi...-holiday-home/

France or the UK....people just don't like people with second homes invading their village.

So what are your thoughts about second home owners ?

That is the debate of the day for peasant and others.


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Personally, I've never understood the attraction of having a "second home" - though I understand families here in France maintaining the parental home out in the country, if only due to the way the inheritance laws here work.

I used to be one for traveling during one's vacations - and a second home seems counter-intuitive because with one you're kind of obligated to put in time in the same place every vacation period, if only to maintain and protect the physical property.
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Personally, I've never understood the attraction of having a "second home" - though I understand families here in France maintaining the parental home out in the country, if only due to the way the inheritance laws here work.

I used to be one for traveling during one's vacations - and a second home seems counter-intuitive because with one you're kind of obligated to put in time in the same place every vacation period, if only to maintain and protect the physical property.
And not forgetting that there are also the extra taxes that have to be paid. Taxe d'Hab, Taxe Fonciere and the payment for rubbish (trash) collections or individual bins.

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Personally, I've never understood the attraction of having a "second home" - though I understand families here in France maintaining the parental home out in the country, if only due to the way the inheritance laws here work.

I used to be one for traveling during one's vacations - and a second home seems counter-intuitive because with one you're kind of obligated to put in time in the same place every vacation period, if only to maintain and protect the physical property.
The same for motor-homes and caravans. What's all that about?

People spend the price of a good house (in France) on a big box on wheels, meander it across the country to explore the wilderness (and negotiate LeClerc's car park), then park it up on a site rammed full of hundreds of other folk and their screaming brats doing the same thing.

Now if they were taking it into the Outback I could understand....


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Second homes date back to the days before A/C and high speed roads. Or going the other way before central heat.

You used the home that made the most sense for the season. People would live in the city during the winter and the country during the summer. Not just the nobles .

Or when the all too often plague hit you'd spend it in the country.

Spending the summer in a small apartment with no A/C and full of kids must have been less than fun during the 1950s. Much better to leave for the country home . If it took you the better part of the weekend to get to that home you weren't turning back right away.

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Near where I used to live in the UK is a seaside town called Southwold It has always been a nice place but was very much a working town with a harbour industry and local services and industry
Then in the 1980s the London lot found it prices shot through the roof and local people could no longer afford to buy Over 75% of houses are second homes or have been bought as holiday rentals
The towns fire station has been mothballed as there are not enough younger people to form a crew and the primary school is in danger of shutting due to lack of young families.When the coronavirus took hold in London and before the lockdown took hold hundreds of second home owners moved to their Southwold homes and holiday companies were offering special prices on 3 month rentals to "escape the virus" In desperation the remaining locals put up banners telling them to go back as most of the residents are over 70 Hopefully after this has all finished the government will see these second homes as a good source of revenue

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OK, do you have a negative opinions towards second home owners in your village or the place where you live ?

Personally I don't.

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Hopefully after this has all finished the government will see these second homes as a good source of revenue
If we do switch to a more telecommuting oriented society, which is one potential outcome of this, they're likely to become primary residences.

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The same for motor-homes and caravans. What's all that about?

People spend the price of a good house (in France) on a big box on wheels, meander it across the country to explore the wilderness (and negotiate LeClerc's car park), then park it up on a site rammed full of hundreds of other folk and their screaming brats doing the same thing.

Now if they were taking it into the Outback I could understand....


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We had a camper for many years and put it to good use, often attending ham radio events and meetings where we could save on hotel costs. (Many ham events establish a designated area of the parking lot for campers.) We only rarely wound up staying in camp grounds. And there used to be quite a delightful "community" atmosphere in the camper area of the parking lot at Mont St. Michel. Gone now, I expect, with the major renovations to the access road and the bay.

My husband used it for visiting customers located at a distance - usually had everyone hooked up for remote maintenance, but if they ordered new equipment to be installed or had problems that couldn't be handled remotely the camper came in very handy. He often parked at the customer's site overnight, and as he is something of an introvert, could stick to his own routines and stock the camper with what he likes to eat.

And during the tempests of 1999 or other storms where the power went out for extended periods of time, it was nice to have the camper to retreat to - for cooking (gas stove) and heat. We also slept in it during the canicule of 2003 (?) when the bedroom up under the roof in the house just got too hot and wouldn't cool down at night.
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