What can you rent for a budget of €600 a month in cities across France?

The size of the apartment you can rent for your money in France depends hugely on which city you live in. Here's a look at what you can get for your money.

What can you rent for a budget of €600 a month in cities across France?
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The difference between what kind of apartment you can rent for your money in different cities across France is enormous, a new study has shown.

Based on the average amount French people spend a month on rent – €633 – the study by looked at 80,000 different apartment ads across France to determine what you could get in each city.

And the results, which might not be surprising to anyone who lives in Paris, will give those looking to leave the capital some food for thought.

The study revealed what many Paris residents already knew, that for €633 it's almost impossible to find a flat to rent in Paris, but if you do then it will be the size of a shoe box – or 14 square metres.

The average monthly rent in Paris is €1,079 or €884 in the surrounding Île-de-France region. Broken down the average rent price in Paris is €35.13 per square metre – three times more than in the rest of France (€12.17).

Rent prices have soared in Paris in recent months, thanks in part to the fact that the law capping prices was scrapped in November 2017. The fact many apartments in the capital have been taken off the market and rented solely to tourists on sites like Airbnb has also helped push up prices in the capital.

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Which is perhaps why so many Parisians are looking to move elsewhere in France and when they see what they can get for their money, who can blame them.

For example in Bordeaux, which has also seen a rise in rent prices, tenants can at least get a one-bedroom apartment for their €633 or around 38 square metres.

However Richard Horbette from told Le Parisien that Bordeaux suffered from a shortage of available apartments thanks to a surge in tourism but also the relatively new high-speed train link to the capital.

In fact Bordeaux is the city in France where demand for rental apartments is at its highest. There are 6.3 applications for one offer compared to 3.92 in Lyon and 3.12 in Paris.

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In cities such as Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes, Strasbourg and Rouen in northern France your €633 will get you a one-bedroom apartment of between 40 and 46 square metres.

But it's the mid-sized French cities of Rennes, Orleans and Dijon where your money will go the furthest.

In Dijon you can rent a 60 square metre two-bedroom flat for €633, while the same rent price will get you a 64 square metre two-bedroom flat in Orleans and 66 square metre apartment in Rennes in Brittany.

Interestingly the only cities in France where rent prices were decreasing, according to the study were Tours in the centre of the country and Avignon in the south.

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Property taxes: How much will it cost to extend your French home?

Installing a swimming pool, building a garden shed, or adding a conservatory to your French home has become more expensive in 2023.

Property taxes: How much will it cost to extend your French home?

If you are planning a renovation project in 2023 you’re likely looking at rising cost for materials and labour due to inflation – but there is one other cost to consider; taxes. 

In France there is a one-off tax that has to be paid on certain building works, and the government has raised the rate for this.

The taxe d’aménagement, sometimes referred to as the garden shed tax, applies to all property development – construction, reconstruction and extension – of buildings that require planning permission or a building permit.

Garden sheds, swimming pools or extensions with a surface area of more than 5 square metres are subject to the development tax – although a 50 percent reduction is applied to the flat-rate values of certain buildings, particularly the first 100 square metres of main residences.

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The tax is collected by local councils, who set their own percentage rates for the tax, working off the base rate set by the government.

A decree published in the Journal Officiel set the base figures for 2023 at the following rates: 

  • €1,004 per square metre in Île-de-France (up from €929 per square metre in 2022);
  • €886 per square metre outside Île-de-France (€820 per square metre in 2022).

The flat-rate values per square metre of building space, which constitute the basis for the development tax, are revised on January 1st of each year according to the latest construction cost index published by national statistics body Insee. 

Additionally, specific rates are set for:

  • €250 per square metre  for a swimming pool (up from €200 in 2022);
  • €12 per square metre of ground-fixed solar panels (up from €10 in 2022);
  • €3,000 per wind turbine more than 12 metres high;
  • €3,000 per pitch for tents, caravans and mobile leisure homes;
  • €10,000 per pitch for a holiday chalet or bungalow.

The amount of the tax is calculated according to the following formula: 

(Taxable area multiplied by the government-set base figure) multiplied by the percentage tax rate set by the local authorities. This gives the total to be paid in cents. Bills are rounded down.

So, the tax for a 30 square metre extension in an area where the combined local and departmental tax rates total 6.25 percent would be calculated like this:

30 (the size of the development) x 886 (the base tax rate outside Ile-de-France) = 26,580

6.25 (local and departmental tax) x 26,580 = 166,125 cents, more usually expressed as €1,661. 

If the total payable is less than €1,500, you will receive a bill in the six months after planning permission was granted, with details of how to pay.

Otherwise, it is paid in two instalments, 12 months and 24 months after authorisation, with a 10 percent surcharge applied in cases of late payments.

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