I am totally and utterly baffled, confused, annoyed, fed up and had enough with the bureaucratic french rules regarding the gites!
I used to run gites and just declared on my tax impot once a year perfect, then for personal reasons I did not continue from 2009, but have now decided to just rent out my 2 bed gite this year, so went to the Marie, as you have to register with them just so they know who is letting where, gave them my form duly filled in, and just needed them to 'cachet' it, but the woman said to me you have to be categorised! I said well I understand you don't need to she said ooh yes you do! bearing in mind other mairies don't bother, ours require it! now I understand that you may have to wait god knows how many months for them to come, theres nowhere local that does this, and pay for the pleasure! you are not meant to start letting until you are categorised so of course you lose your summer revenue, so whats the point!
Others have told me I have to have a siret no, need an accountant and so it goes on, someone else has said to me just go ahead and just pay on your tax impot, like you Dorothy I think is it all worthwhile!! I am tempted to just go ahead and let as I need the income, surely it makes sense otherwise I will have to grovel for help from the government financially so surely if they let us rent and they will get their share as well!
Sorry about the rant but I really have had enough of it all, as indeed I'm sure you have Dorothy along with lots of others!