How to get financial help to purchase a stairlift in France

Tax credits for 25% of the cost are available with a ceiling of €5,000 for a single person and €10,000 for a couple

4 March 2021
The first step to see if you are eligible for the financial help is to apply online by entering your 'numéro fiscal and reference d’avis'
By Connexion journalist

There are several ways of getting financial help to purchase a stairlift, which can cost from around €2,500 for a straight rail but from around €5,000 when curves are involved.

For anyone taxed in France, tax credits for 25% of the cost are available when the installation is to make mobility easier for a disabled or elderly person in their main home.

A ceiling of €5,000 for a single person, €10,000 for a couple and a reduced VAT rate of 5.5% for stairlifts for an elderly or disabled person exist and there are also income-assessed grants.

Under the Habiter Facile scheme, which gives grants to help people stay in their own homes, the public organisation Agence Nationale de l’Habitat pays 50% of the cost, excluding tax, for people on low incomes up to €10,000 and 35% for modest incomes, up to €7,000 maximum.

First, apply online and check if you are eligible by entering your numéro fiscal and reference d’avis. The building must be more than 15 years old. For over-60s who can no longer live independently without day-to-day help, there is the allocation personnalisée d’autonomie (APA) benefit.

The family allowance body Caf also gives grants. For those aged 20-60 with a disability, they or the family member they live with can apply for a grant from the Maison Départementale des Personnes Handicapées (MDPH). Ask at your mairie or conseil departemental.

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