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Making money in France: seasonal rental or claim back ‘plus value’ tax  

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There are two ways to make money on the French Riviera; the first most obvious is to tap into the growing seasonal rentals. With a one-bedroom apartment, you can already make some extra money by renting it out.

Making money in France: seasonal rental or claim back ‘plus value’ tax

Saving your money at the bank does not help to improve your financial situation. But investing it into French riviera real estate does! A one-bedroom apartment in a popular village will generate enough income to cover the yearly costs, your airline tickets and lunches on the beach when you use the apartment yourself. If the property has a pool and or a sea view, the rental price goes up and so will your income.

Some people are sceptical because of the COVID flu crisis and the future of renting out a property in the South of France. But don’t forget; France with 68 million inhabitants has a huge internal market. The summer rental season of 2020 was one of the best, thanks to the French people from the North and Mid France that rented property in their own country.

Invest in a new villa in Port Grimaud

The new villa’s for sale with a pool at walking distance of the beaches in the Gulf of Saint Tropez offer a great opportunity. With an investment between 800,000 and 900.000 euros, you become the first owner of a brand new villa at 1 kilometre of Port Grimaud. Port-Grimaud often called the “Little Venice of Provence”, designed by architect François Spoerry in the 1960s, is known worldwide for its beauty, its rarity and its sweetness of life.

The new villa’s that are for sale are maintenance-free, with a ten-year guarantee and perfect to rent out. The estimated rental income is between 60-70,000 euros per year. Instead of looking at your bank statement, you could be looking at a sunny and more profiting investment in the South of France!

Ask for the brochure and the rental income schedule via

Claim back your Plus Value tax

If you have sold your French Riviera property in 2018, you will have paid some profit tax, called Plus Value. The Plus Value profit tax in France is partly income tax and partly social security contributions. The social security part was debatable because you already pay social security contributions in the country where you live for the rest of the year. More information about the calculation can be found here.

This double taxation has been the subject of legal proceedings against the French State for years. Eventually, the European Court was called in and it ruled that the law had to be amended.

Submit your application for partial Plus Value refund

The Plus Value profit tax has therefore been changed in your favour with effect from 1 January 2019. Did you sell your second home in the South of France in 2018? Then it is not too late. But the clock is ticking! You can reclaim no less than 15.2% of social security contributions from the French State.

Of course, you have to fill in various awkward forms for this; French tax officials who have to pay back money to foreign homeowners would rather not make things easy for you.

French profit tax refund service solution 2018

Fortunately, we have a solution ready for you: in collaboration with a renowned legal office in the Netherlands, they can help you with a quick application for a refund of Plus Value to be submitted to the French tax authorities. However, you have until December 31, 2020, to do this. Send us a short email with your name and location of your property to The subject is ‘Plus Value Claim back’

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Ab Kuijer

Experienced communicator and marketeer. Former radio, TV and advertising producer in Amsterdam. Author of ‘Think Small, Grow Big’ that explains why advertising is dead. Owner of an international marketing agency specialised in real estate. Lives in the South of France since 2006 for obvious reasons: sun, sea, wine and healthy food. Became on the Cote d'Azur the first Dutch President of the British Chamber of Commerce, later rebranded the Riviera Business Club. Happily married to Jojo. Ab reads and writes 2000 words per day about different topics.Living on the Côte d'Azur is the first real estate portal with a personal service. A daily fresh collection of more than 1400 high-value luxury properties and new construction projects along the French Riviera; from Menton to Saint Tropez. Clients recommend us for being responsive, professional, honest and accurate.With local multi-lingual teams, Living on the Côte d'Azur provides a 'Good old Dutch' Service for foreign buyers, helping them on the journey from a long-list selection towards visiting the short-list. We explain how French real estate law works, and guide the buyers through the impressive French paperwork and are finally present at the notary for the final deed.