[In order to protect local residents from the inflated prices, the Affordable Rural Housing Commission had also called for further restrictions on the right to buy in protected areas and a new tax on second homes.
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the French government has upset a few 'non-residents' by proposing a tax on second homes:
The price of property in some beautiful rural areas – such as Creuse and Périgord in the south west or Morvan in northern Burgundy – has fallen by up to half in the last five years.
Even luxurious villas by the sea on the Mediterranean or Atlantic coasts are going relatively cheaply, according to a survey by French property lawyers. They speak of an “unprecedented crisis” in the sale of second homes in France, provoked, partly by the global economic slowdown and partly by a change in the French law on capital gains tax and residential taxes.
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But the tax on second homes is in fact something the previous French government introduced, now two years ago:
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