Re: Living in France
Originally Posted by sarah kay
Always fancied living in France been there a couple of times and liked it.
Has anyone lived there?
We had a house in France once with the intention of living there permanently. Rural France is great if you like almost total seclusion and isolation. In mid France the weather is great in the summer but has equal extremes of freezing weather in the winter........and just when you need it most, the cost of electricity rockets upwards as the temperatures drop.
Very many Brits have gone to France, tempted by the low cost property price. They've sunk every last penny into the doing up their property, decided they don't like that particular dream, or split up, and can't sell the restored house!
In addition..........if you haven't yet retired in the UK and are looking forward to getting your 25% tax free cash from your pension, bear in mind the minute you move to France with the intention of living there, you are taxable............on your previous year's income!!! So retire in the UK; take your 25% tax free cash, then stay in the UK for around two years. Then if you must, move to France.........but rent!!