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Maison principale.

Posted by TwoBlues-439867 - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by Reveuse-918439 - 3 years ago

As said, if you move into a house to live there, it potentially becomes your principal residence as from the date you move in - you don't have to live in limbo for 6 months and 1 day before you can give that address as your principal residence. But it's only confirmed in retrospect, if 6 months or so down the line you're still living there. 

In theory, if you live France for over 6 months during a tax year then you do become tax resident for that year. But that's a gross oversimplification, because eg if you've previously lived in the UK and still have ties there such as owning property and you habitually divide your time between different countries, then the fact of having spent more than 6 months outside of the UK during one year is not sufficient to stop you being still considered UK resident. So in practice it depends on more circumstances than just on the 6 month rule. Unless you make a clean break, HMRC doesn't let go easily.

To establish a holiday home as your main residence so as to be able to sell it without paying tax, you would need to live in it for a lot longer than 6 months in order to be safe. The notaire doesn't have the final decision, the tax inspectors do, and they know the tricks that people try because that's their job. If the notaire lets it go and doesn't charge the tax but the tax inspector decides different, they'll send you the bill maybe 6 months or a year later.

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Posted by Joe-Huelgoat-383105 - 3 years ago

After 181 days in any year you are liable to pay tax as your principle abode. You can declare before this date if you move to an abode that you know will be your principle residence.


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Posted by buster-784461 - 3 years ago

If you had 2 houses the principal maison would be the one you lived in for more than 6 months in the year!

If you buy a house & use as maison principal & then want to sell before 6 months?? - It would be up to the notaire to verify - 


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Posted by NellP-986196 - 3 years ago

Don't really understand what you mean.  However, a maison secondaire becomes a maison principale the day you move into it on a permenantanent basis.