Languedoc property guide
If the old owner moves out on the contract date, arrangements can be made for the various utilities to visit, read the meters, and transfer the account. They may need copies of the certificate of ownership.
Where the property is empty, it is necesary to visit the local utility offices and make arrangements there.
If you intend to reside permanently, we have found that a carte de sejour makes life easier. It is no longer needed for residence by EU citizens, but there is some confusion about how obligatory it is to start a business, etc. As you may need to produce id for registering a car, voting in local elections, etc. it is worth getting. Read the fact sheet in The News, then visit your Mairie to start the process. There are different requirements for different nationalities. The topic is discussed here.
Other bureaucratic things to be resolved for permanent residents include -
- Car registration
- Car insurance
- Health cover
- Bank accounts
- Credit cards
- Internet connection
These subjects are covered in this guide to French legislation. A good summary about motoring legislation is on this The News factsheet.
Satellite TV is commonly used to view non French channels. There is a wide choice of programmes and languages available.
UK TV schedules.