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Buying a house in France, whether for investment or self-occupation, is inseparable from the topic of taxation.

Many investment experts were once tax novices and were troubled by the complicated details of taxation.

In order to answer the questions for friends who are just beginning to pay attention to real estate investment, we will make a comprehensive summary of some of the tax issues that people often ask about buying a house in France.


01 When buying a house

As we all know, there will be a notary fee (frais de notraire) at the end of the house purchase transaction.


The notary fee includes the transfer tax to the government, which accounts for about 68%, the various official document fees are about 15%, and there is about 17% of the notary service fee. The notary fee is kept by the notary before the house is handed over. After the transaction is successful, the notary will transfer the tax money to the government. ​

In France, the notary fees for new houses and old houses are not the same. The notary fee for an old house is between 7%-8%, while the notary fee for a new house is 2%-3%.








Sometimes, when a new house is on sale, developers often offer preferential policies to reduce notary fees: that is, the developer will bear all the notary fees for you.

The specific calculation method of the notary fee can refer to this website:

02 When the house is owned

​ In the process of holding the house after the purchase, there will be various taxes such as land tax, housing tax, property rental tax, etc. The property rental income tax varies with personal income and cannot be generalized, so we only pay attention to the land tax (Taxe foncière) and housing tax (Taxe d'habitation) .

[Dry goods] After reading the French real estate investment tax article, you will be transparent
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