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Diagnostic Surveys

Diagnostics en cas de location

When the lease is signed or renewed, the landlord must provide the tenant with the results of certain technical surveys.

This includes the following documents: click here

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Renovations and energy saving improvements

DPE – Energy Performance Survey

The Energy Performance Survey (DPE) provides information about the energy performance of a dwelling or building, and assesses its energy consumption and its impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. It is part of the energy policy set at a European level to reduce energy consumption in buildings, and limit greenhouse gas emissions.

The DPE must be carried out ​​in connection with the sale or construction of any building or part of the building, closed and covered, whatever its usage. It must also be carried out when renting a dwelling or a building used primarily for habitation.

The energy performance survey must be carried out by an independent and competent professional who is covered by insurance.

Home / energy saving improvements

Funding for home improvements

Energy transition tax credit (Cite)

You may be able to claim tax credit if you make improvements to the environmental quality of your main residence.

For more information : click here

Interest-free eco loan

The interest-free eco loan (éco-PTZ) is granted under certain conditions to fund energy saving home improvements. This loan is available until 31 December 2018.

The maximum amount of the interest-free loan is €30,000  per home.

Only one loan per home and per building is authorised.

Who can benefit?

Homeowners who  occupy or have rented out their main residence that was constructed before 1990.

Bank Eco-loans

These loans are granted by banks to finance improvements to increase energy efficiency in homes.

Who can benefit ?

The same conditions as for the tax credit apply, but loans cover all costs, including installation.

Who to contact ?

Your bank.

PAS Homeownership social loan

The homeownership social loan mortgage (PAS) is an state-approved loan with a fixed upper limit interest rate granted by certain financial institutions. It is designed to promote home ownership for low to middle income families for their main residence only. The borrower may be eligible for Personalised Housing Aid (APL).

Who can benefit?

For households wishing to buy, build, or renovate their main residence, and whose joint income (of all individuals intending to use the home as their main residence) does not exceed a fixed upper limit.

Who to contact?
Your bank or financial institution which have signed an agreement with the state.

Home improvements loan

This loan can cover 80% of the cost of improvements (capped).

Who can benefit?
For those receiving family allowance. Means tested.

Employees and non-salaried agricultural workers, go to the MSA site (Mutuelle Sociale Agricole)  click here.

Tax advantages

CIT Tax credit

The CIT tax credit for energy saving home improvements concerns improvements paid for from 1 September 2014 (in force until December 2016).

30% of the cost of certain energy saving improvements may be deducted from income tax declarations.

The tax credit may be combined with the interest free eco loan under certain conditions (means tested).

Who can benefit?

Owners of property used as the main residence and constructed more than 2 years previously.

Reduced VAT

Certain home improvements such as insulation, heating, photovoltaic panels benefit from a reduced rate of VAT.

Who can benefit ?

You are a property owner-occupier or tenant. The property was constructed more than 2 years ago. The property is your primary residence.

Financial aid for renovations

In the Alpes Maritimes, financial aid from the National Housing Agency (ANAH) has been delegated to the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur for use within its territory, with the Departmental Directorate of Territory and Sea ( DDTM ) maintaining management for the rest of the department. This national source of aid may be accompanied by community-specific measures in particular for energy-related renovations in housing.

Whether you are a tenant, owner-occupier, lease-holder, or building manager, there may be financial aid for your eco-renovation needs.

For more information :

To download information about any aid available when carrying out renovation work on the French Riviera,  click here


Housing and employment

Can your employer help?

More than 300 employees

You work for a company which has more than 300 employees* ? The works council Housing Information Commission can help you.

* Companies with less than 300 employees can group together to form such a commission.

The commission’s role

  • Find available housing corresponding to the needs of the personnel, in conjuction with the company’s collecting body.
  • Inform the employees about conditions of property ownership or rental and to help them with the formalities for getting any financial aid they may be entitled to.
  • Help employees invest funds coming from company saving schemes.

The commission proposes, in each company, the criteria for ranking employee applications for rental or home ownership, taking into the family situation of each applicant. These applications are then examined by the works Council.
For more information click here

From 20 to 300 employees

Action Logement consists of financial assistance for housing provided by private sector (non agricultural) companies with more than 20 employees as part of a national scheme initiated in 1953 to promote construction.

Action Logement is managed by the CIL/CCI and involves more than 217 000 companies and around 13 million employees.

The three main categories of finance :

  • Investments for rented accommodation (urban renewal, rented social housing, furnished accommodation),
  • aids for households (financing home ownership),
  • payments to the Foncière Logement – an organisation responsible for supplying new private rental properties destined, in priority, for company employees.

“Action logement” is now available to employees in a wide range of situations :

  • Employees in small companies (fewer than 10 employees)
  • Registered job seekers
  • Young people (30 years old, or younger, in work or looking for work) and students on a state grant
  • The disabled
  • Landlords
  • Owners of degraded jointly-owned properties


Contact your company for more information, or click here

Fewer than 20 employees

  • For companies with between 10 and 20 employees, which had previously paid into “Action Logement (ex 1% logement)”, financial aid will be continued with the helpof the State.


  • Intended primarily for employees of companies with a workforce of 20 or more, “Action Logement” has adapted to new life styles and now benefits a wider range of applicants, including, under certain conditions, employees of companies with a workforce of 10 or less.

Temporary employees : your help to the access to housing

Temporary employees ? Discover the help to the access to housing

Fastt, fund of social action of the temporary work, helps you to realize your real estate project: guaranteed to cover the owner, help to pay the pledge and the fees of real estate agencies, solutions of loans to finance the purchase of an apartment.


eDRH06 is a shared on-line HR service for companies which puts potential employers and job seekers  in contact with each other by matching profiles and needs.

The portal currently addresses three sectors  TIC, Health and Life Sciences, and Industry.

Discover the concept:

Contact eDRH06 :

Facing difficulties

Financial difficulties

If you are facing financial difficulties, help may be available, whether you are:




Help with legal problems

If you are facing a legal problem, you are victim of a crime, involved in a dispute (with an individual or an institution) or with the law, or for any legal questions regarding housing, there are a number of oganisations that can help you :

  • ADIL 06  (Housing Information Agency)
    This agency offers free, objective information about any legal problems : click here


  • Legal aid
    You may benefit from legal aid if your income is low. This aid covers part or all the costs of using of a bailiff and a lawyer. You may pick up an application form for legal aid from the Tribunal de Grande Instance (Family court) of Nice or of Grasse, from an “antenne de justice” or from a local “maison du droit”.


  • “Antennes de justice”
    Advisors can direct you towards the right legal professionals. They can also help with some paperwork. Addresses of “Antennes de Justice” : click here


  • Legal protection contract
    This contract is a system of protection which can cover the costs of receiving legal assistance. It is a guarantee that can be used during litigation. Contact your insurance company or bank to see if your are eligible.


  • Free mediation service

All real estate professionals are required to make available a free mediation service to their clients. Whether you have a dispute concerning a property purchase or rental property management, you can contact a free and independent mediation service. For more information : click here

Dealing with professional or personal difficulties

If you are facing  professional or personal difficulties :

  • Contact your company or work-place social worker


  • The Medical and Social District Office (Maisons des Solidarités Départementales) :


  • Or your local Communal Action Social Centre  (Centre Communal d’Action Sociale -CCAS)(More information from your local city hall)

Non-French residents

You are a non-French resident moving to the French Riviera for professional reasons? Here you will find all the information you need to help you understand the French property market and to find the right accommodation for you.

Learn more about French real estate vocabulary:

Rented accommodation:

  • You would like to rent accommodation on the French Riviera in the private sector? click here


Buying property:



Housing and seniors

One in five residents of the French Riviera lives alone, and only 4% of the over 60s lives in an institution. Housing must therefore be adapted to meet these challenges.

The Conseil Départemental has set up a support plan to help you carry out improvements in your home to make it more suitable for independent living.

Housing and disability


The National Housing Agency (Anah) may fund up to half the cost of adapting your home  for disability and can help you with the different steps to take.

Tax credits

Tax credit is granted against the costs of installing or replacing equipment specially designed for the elderly or disabled.

Applies to the main residence only, for both homeowners or tenants.

Useful links

  • The Ministry of Housing and Sustainable Housing has published a booklet on access and accessibility to housing for people with disabilities.
    For more information: click here
  • More information of the Maison Départementale des Personnes Handicapées des Alpes-Maritimes (MDPH06) :


  • L’association Handitoit Provence has published a pratical guide to housing :

Practical guide for moving home

Moving home

You are moving home? Here are some of the steps you have to follow: click here

Financial aid for moving home

An allowance may be granted to large families who need to move to accommodate a growing household.

Who can benefit ? 
Depends on size and composition of the household.