Buying a house in France post-Brexit

We are still none the wiser as to the situation and exact details for Brits (and British passport holders) moving to France post Brexit. All we know is that, with the transition agreement, our rights as EU citizens will still be in place until 31st December 2020 and, if you move over to France permanently before this date, you will be entitled to apply for a residents’ permit.

After that, for the moment at least, the UK is talking about a points style immigration system for immigrants to the UK so it is feasible that European countries will introduce a similar system for British immigrants. This is likely to mean that Brits and people with a British passport planning to move to France to live and work permanently will have to show that their income is at least the same as the minimum wage in France which is currently €18,250 per year per person. It is probable that applications to live in France will have to be made to the French embassy in the UK.

If you are planning to buy a holiday house in France, regulations will be the same as for any non-EU national which means that you will be allowed to spend 90 days maximum in France in any 180-day time period.

So, for those of you planning a permanent move to France, if your timing allows, it would make sense to make the move before the end of the transition period, 31st December this year because, thanks to the withdrawal agreement, your rights as EU citizens will still be in place. After this time, everything is still to be agreed.

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