New laws and changes in France: November 2020

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1: Renovation aid

Home Renovation Grant MaPrimeRénov‘, launched earlier this year for low-income owner-occupants, is now accessible to everyone, including tenants and landlords.

Grants help finance work such as insulation, green heating or an energy audit of your home. It must be carried out by an RGE accredited firm.

However, the money will decrease, with households with the lowest incomes being able to cover up to 90% of the costs, dropping to 40% for those with more means.

Household averages will be ranked in color, from lowest to highest: blue, yellow, purple and pink. For example, the money for a wood pellet boiler can reach respectively 10,000 €, 8,000 €, 4,000 € or nothing (“pink” households are only eligible for a limited number of types of work).

Average levels are based on reference tax income (net annual income), as indicated on your tax notice, and are, for example: for a single person up to € 14,879, € 19,074, € 29,148, then more for pink. For a couple, they amount to € 21,760, € 27,896, € 42,848 and more. The amounts increase with the size of the family and are also increased in Ile-de-France.

The subsidy system now includes special bonuses for work that takes a house out of an F or G energy rating (very inefficient) or for work that moves a house into the top A or B ratings.

Read more: France: the new financial aid for energy renovation explained

2: Gas prices rise

Regulated gas prices have increased. For those who benefit from these traditional tariffs, proposed by Engie, the increase represents 1.2% for those who cook only with gas, 2.6% for those who use it to heat water and 4.9% for those who have gas heating.

Those with “market rate” tariffs are not affected.

3: Money for caregivers

Money is now available to help people who take time to care for family or close friends who are disabled or ill and have addiction needs.

It was previously possible to take up to three months’ leave to caregiver leave, but it was not paid.

There is now a payment called daily caregiver allowance (AJPA), € 43.83 / day for a person living in a couple, or € 52.08 for a person living alone.

Up to 22 days can be claimed per month, but no more than 66 days in total in a person’s career.

4: Change insurance

MPs voted to allow people to change their mortgage insurance at any time.

This is part of a package of legal changes, the so-called Asap Bill, in its final stages in Parliament.

The current rules allow people to change anytime during the first year, but only once a year, when the contract anniversary comes.

5: Mobile homes

Lease contracts for land for a caravan or mobile home can legitimately be limited to one year, without either party needing to give a reason for not renewing, said the highest court of appeal in France.

The High Court of France Court of Cassation said one-year contracts were the rule and that they are not tacitly renewable but only renewable if so desired by both parties.

6: Electric car purse

A new subsidy of € 1,000 has been announced for drivers who want to buy a 100% electric used car – but it will not be implemented until next year.

Until now, the money for electric cars has been limited to buying new models.

7: Medical cannabis

The therapeutic use of cannabis for a limited number of patients with certain serious illnesses has been authorized in a trial running until March 31, 2021.

Read more: Medical cannabis testing to start in January in France

Conditions can include nervous disorders, epilepsy, side effects of chemotherapy and multiple sclerosis.

It will be administered free of charge in the form of oil, capsules or dried flowers, but should not be smoked.

8: Help to give up

Free support packs are available this month to help you quit smoking, either by going to a pharmacy or creating an account at Tobacco Free Month.

This initiative has a hotline at 39 89.

Read more: Did you know? Nicotine is named after a Frenchman

Dates of your agenda

Pots of chrysanthemums are placed on tombstones on All Saints Day

All Saints’ Day / Day of the Dead

November 1 is a public holiday: All Saints’ Day. It is a common time to visit family graves and place chrysanthemums there, although the official day in honor of the dead is November 2, the feast of the dead.

Armistice Day 1918

November 11 is also a public holiday and marks the end of the First World War. It is considered a day of tribute to all who died for France.

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