Most months herald some changes in various laws in France and this month of April is no exception. It’s mostly good news so read on!

Landlords and tenants

The tenant in France is well protected. Over the winter months, which effectively means five months, landlords cannot evict any tenants even if they don’t pay their rent. All eviction orders are suspended during this time. This came to an end on 31st March, so as from 1st April, any landlord can legally summon the help of a bailiff to evict a non-paying tenant.

Over the winter months, which effectively means five months, landlords cannot evict any tenants even if they don’t pay their rent

Property advertising

Estate agents in France from now on must publish all prices involved in either buying or renting property including the agent’s exact commission and who pays it: the buyer or the seller. For rental properties estate agents must tell tenants exactly what they are in for in terms of rental, fees etc. so that no subsequent changes in price can be added on after the signing of the contract.

Gas prices

Good news for gas consumers as prices are decreasing from April by an average of 0.53% for Engie, the largest gas provider in France. There are an estimated seven million homes which have gas either for cooking or heating in France.

 

New French laws

 

The €50 note

The 4th April sees the launch of new €50 bank notes with a new design making counterfeiting much easier to detect.

Supermarket food labelling

There is always a big drive to keep the public healthy in France and in this spirit, there is going to be a new system of colour coding with foods being ranked from A to E in terms of nutritional value.

Artisans and prices

Any artisan providing you with a quote will be required by law to show their actual prices online including their hourly rates, travel expenses etc. This includes all trades: builders, masons, electricians, plumbers, locksmiths. The quote must be exactly right with no opportunity to add a bit on here and there later!

Any artisan providing you with a quote will be required by law to show their actual prices online including their hourly rates, travel expenses etc

Eating out in France

We all know the pleasures of eating out in France and the choice of restaurants is fantastic. In another effort to protect public health though, from the 3rd April all restaurants will be obliged to display the results of their public health inspections on line so that customers can be safe in the knowledge that their chosen restaurant is clean and healthy! Apparently there will also be an “app” listing the scores so customers can check up whilst on the move.

Small changes perhaps but all very reasonable one might think!

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