Owning a property on the French Riviera is a way to “forget the madness of life” as Elton John describes it… It is. But do you have everything needed, while owning a property here?

This article guides you through the administration things you have to consider after buying your property on the French Riviera. Insurance. Electricity. Internet… It also gives you tips on how to maintain your property. Maybe you want to rent it out? Maybe you’re struggling to keep the garden in shape while you are away? We will guide you through all you need to know when owning a property.

Having the administration under control

As a homeowner there are some necessary administrative things to handle, things which can be frustrating and challenging if you don’t speak the language or know the culture.

Insurance
To start with, in France it’s a law to have home insurance. As a homeowner you need to, as a minimum, have a third party liability insurance. It includes an insurance policy that protects the property against damage of another. A third part.

Another important thing when choosing insurance is making sure everything is covered. For a property in Southern France, it can include a swimming pool, garages or additional buildings on the property, such as a pool house or a guesthouse. So when choosing the right insurance for your home, make sure it covers everything, it being a holiday home or a property you live in all year.

Electricity
When it comes to choosing or changing the electricity company for your property in France, there are some steps to follow. In case you want to change the current electricity provider, you can change it for free. There are several guides (in French) on how you choose the electricity provider.

TV/Internet
To install TV and Internet in your new home, you will have to make a contract with an operator. The chosen operator is required to inform you of certain information before the signed contract. For example, information about conditions of the providing service, contract renewable and quality service. Furthermore, there are three steps you can follow while cooperating with the chosen operator.

  1. The agreement (Accord)
  2. The contract (Remise du contrat)
  3. The security deposit (Dépôt de garantie)

If you have a pool
If you have a private pool on your property, you must make sure it complies with current laws. These mainly aim to limit the risk of drowning.

Aerial top view of girls in swimming pool on a french property

While you’re away

Renting your place
If your home on the French Riviera is a holiday home, you can rent out the place while you’re not there. The owner is free to set the rent of an empty or furnished property unless it is located in a tense area, then rent control applies.

Maintaining the garden
As an owner of a property with a private garden, you have to obey to these rules:

  1. Protection against wildfire
  2. Protection of the environment
  3. Public safety

It can be challenging to maintain the garden if your property is a holiday home. Therefore it’s a good idea to employ a gardener. Why don’t you ask your real estate agent or other homeowners on the French Riviera for recommendations?

Conclusion

There is a lot to consider for a homeowner on the French Riviera, and it’s obviously an advantage if you speak French. Don’t hesitate to ask your real estate agent for advice on how to go about or recommendations for people and companies who can help in different situations.