Are apartments in France Freehold or Leasehold?

An English speaking French notary answered this important question about property in France.

He told us that most of the property in France is Freehold meaning that you purchase the title of the property and have the right to pass it on to your heirs and re sell the property. It is rare, he said, that properties are leasehold meaning that you don’t buy the title but you pay for the long term lease of a property for a long period of time.

Make sure you confirm the legal status of any property you are planning to buy in France by speaking to your English speaking French notary. If you need assistance finding one we can help you, contact us here. 

P.S. Here is a new book published Summer 2013 we just heard about Complete Guide to Property Investment in France: A Buy-to-let Manual Check it out.