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Hi I am retired in the UK I look after my disabled mother in her house. My wife also retires soon and we are intending to buy a house in France. We do not want to emigrate to France entirely but we would like to perhaps stay in our house in France for 2-3 months the UK in my mothers house for 2-3 months then repeat ad infinitum. I'm wondering if that length of holiday home living is ok and if there are any problems or difficulties we should be aware of. All three of us will obviously have a retirement income. Wondering what we need to do ie about Insurance for my Car also medical Insurance for such a long "holiday" might be problematic too. I also have three Greyhounds and I believe if I get a pet passport for them then i can bring them too? What should I do with regard to French authorities etc. Absolutely ANY info and advice any of you can help me with I'll be very grateful.
 

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The safest thing would be to make sure that you spend the majority of your time in the country in which you wish to have your "primary residence."

French tax law (at least) is pretty straight forward about this. If you operate a business in France (not your case), or have your primary residence in France or have your "main centers of interest" in France, then you're considered to be "resident" in France. Not sure what limits the UK places on this, but if you clearly maintained your primary residence in the UK, then you'd be using the UK for your health care (with an EHIC card for urgent care use in France). You need to see what limits there are from the UK side.
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This blog has information on travelling into France and back to the UK with pets (including a greyhound) which you may find of interest. Dog Travel Blog and Pet Passport site

Your dogs will need to be microchipped and an up-to-date pet passport is required for both countries.

A greyhound is not classified as a dangerous dog in France.
 

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Thanks Bev Any idea who I should ask about any restrictions here in the UK? I've made inquiries about our pensions and there appears to be no problem with that. In any case they'll still be paid in the UK. I asked our GP about the prescription drugs and they saw no problem. Even the carers allowance I get for looking after my mother (who has no legs) is ok too. So its all positive so far hope it continues. :)
 

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Hi I cannot envisage any problems at all with this arrangement.You are buying a home to use for holidays and returning to the uk and as you are not selling up there you will still be regarded as resident for tax social and health purposes.Make sure your EHIC cards are up to date and you may want to consider the belt and braces of a travel insurance and you should note that any health costs in France should be claimed back before you leave;If there is medication/dressings involved then try to get your doctor to prescribe enough to cover the period of the holiday-the medication may not be available in France and an alternative may be offered.If you need to visit a GP whilst you are here you will need to pay€23 upfront but get a feuille de soins from the doctor take it to your local CPAM office-which is the "admin" for the French Health system-along with your EHIC and claim it back.If you have any other questions ask as what to you may seem a huge problem can easily be resolved with the collective knowledge on here.Bonne Chance
 

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no problem about 3 months at a time in france , the basis on which your residence is decided is where is the centre of your economic interests , clearly will remain the uk
re your car , under EU law you are legal to drive anywhere but that is normally 3rd party only ....best to seek an insurance company that will extend comprehensive insurance for the period you require , some will do that for nothing , some want to charge
you will need a french bank account , no real problem to get one , it is much easier to deal with bills etc , use a money exchange company to charge the account , the banks rip you off
presuming you will want phone/internet etc , that is available from Orange on an interruptable basis
uk satellite TV is available over most of france without problem

you don't have to tell the french government anything presuming you are EU citizens
 

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Thanks a lot. regarding satellite TV Obviously my mum who is legless (and not from drinking wine) is very reliant on her SKY TV is it easy enough to get an engineer to do this for you. Same with t'internet because I haven't a clue. Can we just bring our SKY card with us?
 

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For top-up medical insurance, i.e. the part not covered by your EHIC, there are companies in France like this one that specialise in holiday home owners who visit for longer periods
 

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Thanks a lot. regarding satellite TV Obviously my mum who is legless (and not from drinking wine) is very reliant on her SKY TV is it easy enough to get an engineer to do this for you. Same with t'internet because I haven't a clue. Can we just bring our SKY card with us?
well , technically you can't subscribe to Sky out of the uk , but if she just maintains her contract at her uk address there wil be no problems

you will need to take the Sky box and card with you and have a suitable size dish installed to connect to at your address in france , any local installer can do that just wait until you get here and explain you want astra2 ; be warned , the further south you go the bigger the dish will need to be

if you need internet the quality will depend on your location , it's something to be considered when you are deciding on a property but can be easily investigated ....it's starting to affect the value of houses in the country !
 
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