If you are a professional gite owner, or you earn over €15,000 per year from your gites, you may wish to write to a Senator, explaining your situation and how this will impact you, your family, and your local economy.
If you are a micro entreprise-BIC, it could be advisable to keep a record of all your outgoings for your business – all receipts and bills since the 1st of January this year in case you need to change your fiscal regime.
If you are considering buying a gite business in France, now more than ever, do your sums and ask to see books for the business you are considering buying. Do remember, these changes, whatever they turn out to be, do not affect Chambres d’Hotes (Bed and Breakfast.)
Gite owners and all the major actors for Tourism in France are currently lobbying the government to be mindful of the impact of such proposed laws on France’s Tourist economy.
In rural areas such as ours, hotels simply do not exist and if gites are forced to close, there will be a tangible impact on local economies. That is certain.
It all seems ridiculous, given that France regained her top spot as the NUMBER 1 Tourist destination in the world this year!
We can only hope that we can trust our Senators to do their research and to listen to facts, not point-scoring political rhetoric. It is true that the housing crisis in France must be tackled, but not at the expense of rural tourism throughout the country.
Bon courage !