The property tax will explode in many cities in 2022. 16.5% in Marseille, 13.3% in Tours, or 12.6% in Strasbourg! A real blow for many owners already faced, like all French people, with historic inflation. The National Union of Property Owners (UNPI) has just filed a complaint against the City of Marseille to denounce this dizzying increase. A first in its history, reports BFMTV.
Aware of the situation, the State would therefore consider making a gesture, like what it granted to tenants with the freezing of rents. The method: limit the increase in rental values which serve as the basis for calculating the property tax and thus lower the note for the owners. The subject “will be studied as part of the draft budget for 2023”, Bercy told the news channel.
Property tax is a tax payable only by owners. If you are the owner or usufructuary of an apartment or a house, even if the accommodation is rented to a tenant, you will have to pay property tax on built properties. According to the UNPI barometer, the property tax has increased by 27.9% in ten years and it is therefore not this year that things should get better. Indeed, with the resumption of inflation, the revaluation of 3.4% of cadastral rental values, serving as the basis for the calculation of this local tax, will cause prices to soar in 2022. In 2022, the rental value will thus be increased by 3.4%, a record since 1989, resulting in an increase in the price of the property tax.
Added to this are the decisions of the municipalities which fix the rate of the rental base. In Strasbourg, for example, the metropolitan share of property tax on buildings will increase to 4.6%, compared to 1.15% previously. This equates to an increase of 64 euros for households. “This will have a considerable influence, because when the rate increases at the same time as the base, it multiplies the increase tenfold. This is the catapult effect”, warns in Le Parisien, Pierre Hautus, director general of the National Union of property owners (UNPI).
As a reminder, property tax notices are usually received around September. Regarding the payment deadline, the 2022 deadlines should be substantially the same as in 2021. Last year, you had until October 15 to pay it. You benefit from an additional period until October 20 if you had opted for online payment, with a direct debit from October 25. Be careful, however, “the deadline for joining the direct debit at maturity for the property tax” was set for September 30, 2021, specified the public service site on this subject.
As Capital indicates, the addition for owners promises to be steep in the coming years. At issue: the review of rental values carried out by the cadastre. These values have already increased by 3.4% at the beginning of 2022 and a further increase of 2 to 3% is expected for January 2026. And for the best located homes, this surge could reach 10%.
The situation will be worse for owners of second homes offered for tourist rental. A surcharge has been put in place for homes located in “tense” rental areas, remind our colleagues. Already applied in large French cities, this can reach 60% in Paris, 30% in Biarritz or 40% in Ajaccio. With the revision of rental values in 2026, the rating will therefore explode.
Property tax: no soaring prices in 2021
In 2021, the property tax had finally not soared. The mayors had then decided not to undertake too violent measures on the fiscal plan at the end of the mandate in order to seduce the voters and to implement the tax increases after the elections. A study by FSL and spotted by Mieux Vivre Votre Argent indicated that “a large majority of cities and their own tax groups (38 out of 42 territories) had maintained their tax rate in 2021”.
But then how much is the property tax for owners in France? The mortgage broker Meilleurtaux has screened this local tax in the 20 largest cities in France, for a couple with two children residing in a 70 square meter dwelling. According to the results obtained, the latter pay an average of 1,220 euros per year, or nearly 101 euros per month. This is 3 euros more than in 2020 (the owners paid monthly 98 euros) and 8 more than in 2018 (92 euros per month). From one municipality to another, the amounts vary however from simple to double, as is the case between Paris and Montpellier. Households in a comparable situation will pay 745 euros per year “only” in the capital, against 1,533 euros in the city nicknamed the “Gifted”.
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Among the 50 largest French cities, the property tax has varied a lot in 10 years. According to the latest data from the National Property Tax Observatory published on Tuesday, October 19 by the National Union of Property Owners (UNPI), the property tax paid by taxpayers increased by 27.9% between 2010 and 2020, according to UNPI calculations. This is four times more than inflation over the same period. At the top of the cities that have increased their property tax the most in ten years, we find the small town of Tavaco, in southern Corsica (385 inhabitants in 2018 according to INSEE) with a 234% increase in property tax alone from 2010 to 2020. Next on the podium are Bouqueval (179.5%) and Villiers-Adam (176.3%), two towns located in Val-d’Oise. If we focus on the 50 largest French cities, it is in Nantes that the property tax has jumped the most in ten years (37.5%), ahead of Villeurbanne (36.8%), Clermont-Ferrand (36% ), Lille (36%) and Saint-Denis in Seine-Saint-Denis (33.6%).