DISCUSSIONS

Find the answers to many of your expat questions here

View Latest Posts

You're missing out...

As a member you can enjoy exclusive info and offers.

REGISTER NOW

Roof replacement

Posted by Steve-781437 - Created: 14 years ago
0 0
Sorry no image available

6 replies (Showing replies: 1 to 6)

Sorry no image available
Posted by Steve-781437 - 14 years ago

I wonder if I can get away with calling the roof 'fibre a renforcé  ciment' and not mention the "a" word at all. Would anyone notice?

Steve

Sorry no image available
Posted by ukgrapevine - 14 years ago

The french are very family orientated of course, and to have cousins, in laws and great aunt Maud helping will not cause you any problems even if you feed and board them for the duration.

The usual rule is to let all your neighbours and the Maire know what you are doing, then no one is likely to object unless you are using a concrete mixer all day on sunday or still banging nails in at 10pm!   Most french families work together like this round our way, as different relatives bring different skills to help!

Enjoy your rebuild, but do get that asbestos issue sorted out for your own health as well as the regulations!

Sorry no image available
Posted by bob-780838 - 14 years ago

i think that strictly speaking they could be classed as "on the black" if they receive any remuneration (including free accommodation) but i havnt heard of any prosecutions for it, depends what the neighbours are like and or the local Gendarmes i suppose!

and Grapevine has a point - getting rid of this may not be easy

 

Regards,

Bob

Sorry no image available
Posted by ukgrapevine - 14 years ago

I think you've overlooked the problem of getting rid of the asbestos!  Local communes vary on their strictness but basically nowadays asbestos must be removed by a specialist and transferred to a safe destruction site......THIS will cost you money.

After that, replace the roof with a locally approved material either yourself or by a registered artisan and you will have no problems.

Sorry no image available
Posted by Steve-781437 - 14 years ago

Thanks Bob,

I've read virtually every page on the forum and I must admit to being concerned about the 'black work' comments, could I ask if its possible for my family to assist in the work ( daughters and their husbands) or would they be classed as 'working on the black' if you see what I mean. The last thing I want is any illegal type hassle.

Steve

Sorry no image available
Posted by bob-780838 - 14 years ago

You should be able to do it with a DT, but this will depend on whether the lean-to is currently included and declared in the living space. (for the purposes of the property taxes) If it isnt and you are about to use this extra space, theoretically it should provide a finished area no bigger than 20 metres sq if you wish to do it on a DT. It may be worth trying a DT application first even if it is over 20sq metres, though they are trying to close this loophole it can still often go through.

And yes, you can do the work yourself.

 

 

Regards,

Bob