Tips and advice as mandatory French property form deadline looms

You have until July 31 to submit the declaration

The mandatory form has caused headaches across France so far this year
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The new deadline for France’s mandatory property form is fast approaching.

Homeowners have until next Monday (July 31) to complete the biens immobiliers declaration.

The form’s initial due date was June 30 but it was pushed a month. That was because at that time only half of people had submitted it. French tax authorities were also struggling with a backlog of messages that they had yet to supply with a response.

What is France’s mandatory property form?

As a reminder, the form is completed online through your personal space on the tax website, or by calling the tax authorities (only if you are currently in France).

It is for all property owners in France, including main residents, second-home owners who live abroad, those who rent out their properties, and those who own their property through an SCI (société civile immobilière) property holding company.

The Connexion has written a number of articles on the topic, including answering FAQs, a step-by-step guide on how to fill out the form online, and a list of pre-deadline tips, all of which you can find below.

How do I fill out the form?

The biens immobiliers declaration is found in your personal space on the French tax website

Note for those who have their property held under an SCI, you will find it listed under the professional space section on the website.

Alternatively, if you are in France, you can call the tax authorities on 0809 401 401, and complete the form over the phone.

Officially, there is no paper version of the declaration, although some departments were said to be offering them.

To log onto the French tax site, you will need a numéro fiscal and a password.

Information on how to find, or create this information – both for residents and non-residents alike – can be found in the links below:

Read more: How do I get a numéro fiscal to access the French tax site?

Read more: France property declaration: How can I find login information?

Read more: New property form: How do I get a password for the French tax site?

Once you have logged on to the site, you will need to click on the Gérer mes biens immobiliers section to find your properties.

Properties bought after January 1, 2023, will not be listed. Conversely, if you sold a property in late 2022 and the sale did not go through until 2023, you will have to fill out the form for that property yourself.

If you rent the property on a full-time basis, it is your responsibility as the owner to complete the form.

Below you can read our step-by-step guide – with photos – on completing the declaration.

Read more: Updated step-by-step guide to France’s property form (with pictures)

What do I do if there are problems with the form?

If you believe the form contains incorrect information, it is useful to remember the tax authorities measure some details differently to estate agents.

This includes the m² of a property and the number of rooms – you can read more about that here.

If you still believe there is an issue, you can leave a message for the tax authorities using the J’ai une question sur le descriptif de mon bien immobilier button.

The tax authorities have said that even if there is a problem with the information, you should still submit the form before the deadline and leave your query.

Using your message, the authorities can update the information at a later date after the form’s deadline.

What happens if I do not complete the declaration?

Tax authorities have said you could face a €150 fine per property if you do not complete the form.

Earlier this year, they said they would be “lenient” with the fines, and did not expect to levy them in this first year of the new formality.

When the extension to the June 30 deadline was announced, however, the authorities urged those yet to complete the form to do so, to avoid fines.

Other useful links

If you are still looking for an answer to a question relating to the declaration, we may have written about it before.

Below is a collection of articles written by our team, including information for second-home owners about the form, questions behind the reasoning of the form, and an FAQ.

Read more: Key points to help you complete France’s new obligatory property form

On top of this, in June The Connexion also dedicated a week of its reader questions to the topic. Other than the ones already mentioned, you can find the rest of these down below:

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