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Want help accessing the French healthcare system?

Don't know your GHIC from your EHIC and just want someone to help set you off on the right path? Well, help is on hand from the British Embassy in Paris. You may need to get in quick but they are currently offering free, 10 minute, video sessions - hosted by one of their bilingual [...]

Meet our Property Managers – Aurélia Avon and Amélie Grau

Aurélia and Amélie are two of our Property Managers in Saint-Brieuc, in the Côtes d'Armor. This region offers gorgeous scenery and stunning views of the sea, as well as the famous pink granite coastline. In one word, Aurélia and Amélie describe their region as authentic. These two sisters are originally from the south of France, [...]

Home prices are skyrocketing around the world

"Home prices are skyrocketing around the world" was the headline on CNN last week. Let's take a look at what they were saying, and see if it's true in France. This is taken from the CNN report "It wasn't long ago that real estate experts were bracing for the worst. The coronavirus pandemic had sent [...]

Attestation d’accueil — what is it, do I need it and how do I get one?

If you are a UK resident with a home in France or simply wishing to travel here, you may be feeling confused or uncertain regarding the recent media frenzy over the travel laws and limitations for UK tourists visiting France. As it stands, the situation is: if you are coming to France from the UK [...]

Meet our Property Managers – Debra and Les Bush

Debra and Les Bush are our Property Managers in Montmorillon, in the heart of the Vienne. In 2005 they sold their house in South West London and moved to the Vienne to begin a new, more relaxed way of life. They consider themselves lucky to live in such a beautiful area and enjoy integrating with [...]

Meet our Property Managers – Susanne Gales

Susanne is one of our property managers in Coulaures, in a breathtakingly beautiful yet wild part of the Dordogne. She was born in Sweden to English/Swedish parents who emigrated to the Dordogne in 1975 and is fluent in Swedish, English and French! Following her French education, she spent 9 years working in Toronto, Canada before returning [...]

Meet our Property Managers – Quintin Smith

Quintin Smith is our property manager in Chinon, in the Indre-et-Loire. From the UK, he previously spent over 12 years working in the civil service before moving to France in 2018 with his wife and three children. Quintin is also the founder of a successful and ongoing property management company within the UK, and as [...]

Meet our Property Managers – Jacqui Crompton

Jacqui is our property manager in Brux, in the Vienne, a beautiful area of rural France bordering the Deux Sèvres and the Charente. She describes it as a tranquil spot to live your dream, and with its gorgeous scenery and popular theme parks, there’s always plenty of tourism in the area. After a lifetime in [...]

Meet our Property Managers – Matthew Farmer

Matthew Farmer is one of our property managers covering the Morbihan. He lives in Saint-Martin-sur-Oust, a charming commune halfway between Rennes and Nantes. It’s a beautiful part of France and a popular region among both French and international holiday home-owners. Matthew speaks both French and English and before settling down in France he enjoyed a [...]

Covid 19 – protecting guests in your French holiday home

The Covid 19 pandemic has turned the holiday industry on its head - from lockdowns and travel restrictions to what guests will be expecting when they arrive at their accommodation. If you own a second home in France you will want to protect and reassure your guests during their stay. Whether these are paying visitors [...]

Meet our property managers – Hayley Droz

Hayley Droz is our property manager covering La Creuse, she lives and works on the northern edge of the Parc naturel régional de Millevaches. This is a beautiful area west of Clermont Ferrand, popular with both French and International tourists. Hayley has lived there since 2008 and was originally a nurse in the community, something [...]

Use doorbell technology to keep your French holiday home safe

Many of us buy a holiday home in France to get away from the internet and modern technology.  We come for sunshine, great food & drink and some well-earned peace & quiet. However, there is one piece of modern technology that certainly helps give us peace of mind – particularly when you are stuck at [...]

Meet our property managers – Margot and Quentin Clavier

Margot and Quentin live and work in Normandy - they have travelled extensively and are fully bilingual. Their professional backgrounds (Margot in training, Quentin in the restaurant business) and love of travel is reflected in their personalities. They are caring people and pay great attention to detail, which are ideal qualities for property managers. Both [...]

Virtual reality home sells for 500,000 dollars!

Yes, you read that correctly. A "digital" house has just sold for 500,000 dollars, or in French money around 420,000 euros. Created by Toronto artist Krista Kim the property is called "Mars House" and actually sold for 288 Ether, which is a crypto currency. The article in The Guardian newspaper doesn't say who the buyer [...]

Can the property management industry learn from Amazon Fresh?

This week Amazon Fresh opened their first till-less grocery store in London. It is the opening shot in their battle to become the UK's most popular grocer. But what lessons can be learned by those of us who look after holiday homes in France? What trends can holiday home owners expect to see? Visitors to [...]

Spring is in the air – get your French holiday home ready for your guests

The Leggett Property Management team has prepared this Spring maintenance checklist so that you can nip any potential problems in the bud (see what we did there!). If there are items we have missed then we would love to hear from you. We understand that (at the time of writing in March 2021) with the [...]

How does the French wealth tax work and will I have to pay it?

The wealth tax (Impôt sur la fortune immobilière) is known as IFI and is a tax on the real estate assets for individuals. It replaced the Impôt de solidarité sur la fortune tax (ISF) in January 2018. It is payable by taxpayers whose real estate assets exceeds a limit of 1,300,000 euros. The IFI is [...]

Do I need a fiscal tax representative on the sale of my French property?

Since Brexit, many UK owners will need a fiscal tax representative when selling their French property if they are not resident in France. Here is the lowdown: The five golden rules The need for a représentant fiscal is irrespective of any losses or gains made. Their role is to ensure that the correct amount of [...]

Meet our property managers – Kathleen Vanstraelen

Kathleen comes from the Flemish speaking part of Belgium, she moved to France in 2013 with her husband and two children to live "the good life". Kathleen lives and works in the northern Dordogne, an area that the locals know as the Perigord Vert. She moved here from Belgium in 2013 so that she could [...]

Buying a holiday home in France – understanding the diagnostics

If you are buying or selling your holiday home in France it is important that you understand the compulsory diagnostic tests that will be undertaken The process of buying a property in France is different to that in the UK.  The buyer is well protected by French property law, including the period before contracts are [...]

Meet our property managers – Nicola Ashmore

Nicola lives and works in Bourg St Maurice, in the heart of the spectacular Tarentaise valley. After graduating in French & Business she worked for a British tour operator managing property rental contracts. Nicola came to Bourg St Maurice eight years ago, fresh from graduation and looking to make use of her French and Business [...]

We are recruiting across France

We are recruiting self employed property managers across France Leggett Property Management is the sister company to the leading international estate agency in France, Leggett Immobilier. The company was established last year and we are now recruiting self-employed property managers across France. It is an ideal opportunity to build a portfolio of properties, giving a steady [...]

Meet our property managers – Steven Carter

Steven lives and works in a small village called Journet, close to Montmorillon in the Vienne. He moved to France in 2004 and has a wealth of experience in the local property market. Steven has worked as an agent with Leggett Immobilier and in that time has visited hundreds of unoccupied houses, either unoccupied for [...]

Meet our property managers – Paul Warman

Paul lives and works in the Morbihan department in Brttany, having moved there in 2015 with his French wife, Nathalie. Before moving to the Morbihan Paul and Nathalie lived in the south of France (building and renovating old farmhouses) but the allure of the glorious Brittany countryside proved too attractive for them. Paul works as [...]

How to buy a holiday home in France

Buying a property in France is all about changing your lifestyle and making the right choices - this article will guide you through those choices and ensure your search is successful. Choosing an area Did you know? France is the most visited country in the world - 85m people visited last year It shares a [...]

Meet our property managers – Andrew Guck

Andrew was born and raised in upstate New York but moved to France in 2011 after meeting his French wife. He covers the area in and around the historic city of Carcassonne. Andrew has lived in several villages in the south of France but settled in Carcassonne after falling in love with the City and [...]

Guide your guests to your front door

Whether you live in deepest rural France, or in the heart of Paris, it’s not always easy for guests to find the right access to your property. Sometimes a holiday home in the country might just have a postcode or lieu-dit, whilst in urban areas there might be multiple entrances to an apartment block. Giving [...]

Buying a second home in France – newbuilds

Most off plan sales in France take place in the Alps, Paris and Cote d’Azur and are often bought as investments.  They are known as Vente en l’état futur d’achèvement or VEFA. How does the newbuild market in France work? The new build market in France is popular and President Macron sees it as important [...]

Meet our property managers – Karen Vick

Karen has lived in France for over 30 years and is passionate about both the country and her particular "slice of Paradise". She lives in the beautiful department of the Dordogne, so enjoys a mixture of glorious countryside and a wonderful quality of life. Karen lives in the countryside, south of Bergerac. After 32 years [...]

Meet our property managers – Lesley Mason

Lesley is our property manager in beautiful Aubeterre sur Dronne, this is an area that is particularly popular with second home owners. Lesley and her husband moved to France in 2010 following a career with the Royal Mail and in sales training. She currently works as an agent with Leggett Immobilier which gives her a [...]

Lower your holiday home insurance costs

Did you know that some insurers invalidate your policy if your home is unoccupied for a long period of time? Make sure that they understand you are insuring a holiday home and be transparent with when you visit and the security arrangements you have in place. The better protected you are, the lower your premiums. [...]

Brexit and your French holiday home

As you know, the UK left the European Union on 31/12/2020 and this has a direct impact on the enjoyment of your holiday home in France. We have put together some of the important points you need to consider. Meanwhile COVID-19 means that travel restrictions are in place, and changing frequently, so please do check [...]