French rental property- what are the regulations
French Rental Property Introduction – a number of Britons have now invested in a French holiday home, prices are relatively cheap compared with UK property and of course you have the beauty and space of the French countryside to enjoy during the duration of your visit. Many people decide to rent their property out to cover expenses but there are a number of considerations that you have to take in to account. Your home must be prepared for letting, it is a good idea to contact a local solicitor that may help to make you aware of all current regulations with regard to the letting of property in France, you should not assume that the laws and requirements will be the same as in the UK, they are not. A solicitor should be able to recommend a suitable short term letting contract and they should also be able to make you aware of any local letting taxes that apply to your property.
Property with Swimming Pools – In particular and in response to some tragic recent accidents legislation has been enacted governing the use of swimming pools. If your French home has a swimming pool, you are going to have to make sure that you have all of the safety measures in place. In case you are not aware of the fact, the law insist that all pools are fitted with certain safety features. We recommend that you take advice from a professional pool maintenance company but the following are the gist of the regulations:-
NFP90-306. pool safety barriers and gates- the barrier which could include the sides of buildings and walls must be at least 1.120 meters high and non climbable. The recommendation is that the barrier is no less than one meter from the pool
NFP90-307 an immersion or perimeter alarm system must be fitted and to be audible in all properties that use the pool
NFP90-308 safety cover or NFP90-309 pool shelter to prevent a child falling in, the device to support a weight of 100 kilograms
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