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French Buyers' Info

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Property Restrictions for Foreigners

Can I purchase a property in the name of a company in France?

Yes, there are no restrictions in France. You should take expert advice though as there are several French options which include a SCI, SARL, EURLs, and SARL de famille.

The most commonly used vehicle to purchase and hold French residential property is a SCI, a ‘société civile immobilière’. However, running a furnished property is a commercial activity so as an SCI does not allow you to “depreciate” the asset, a ‘SARL” should be used. A “Sarl de Famille’ would a more suitable method of obtaining joint ownership.