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Guys,

Does one need a permit /licence of any kind to rent your house in France as vacation property? Are there any restrictions?

Also, what taxes does a property owner pays for short term rent? What about long term?

And another question...In US there is a tough love with property law... If tenants don't pay you might have trouble getting rid of them for some time, nevertheless... Do landlords have similar problems in France? How do landlords avoid them?
 

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This is definitely still France - so yes, there are forms to be filled out and all if you're planning on renting out vacation property. A quick peek at Service Public yielded two forms:

La déclaration d'un meublé de tourisme est obligatoire, sauf si le logement constitue la résidence principale du loueur (occupation du meublé sur 8 mois minimum par an). La déclaration s'effectue à la mairie de la commune où est situé le meublé.
and another one related to declaration of a "chambre d'hôte" to the mairie. Not sure the technical difference between the two categories of vacation rentals, but someone here on the forum probably can shed some light on it.

As the owner of the property, you'll definitely pay the taxe foncière, and possibly the taxe d'habitation, though that may depend on how long and when you rent out the property (and if you are actually resident there on January 1st of the year).

French law on residential property definitely favors the tenant. On vacation rentals you're in a better position. Depending on the term of the rentals, you may even want to consider taking payment up front which kind of eliminates the issue of payment.
Cheers,
Bev
 
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