We are looking to buy a property in France. We've found something we really like...it's actually 2 houses (no's 11 & 13) attached to one another (barn inbetween) but they being marketed/sold as separate properties. The current owners are brother & sister and the properties were handed down to them following the death of their parents.
The immobilier has done a deal with the siblings and got us a reasonable price for the 2 properties. Our intention would be to live in one of the houses and make a Gite out of the other. However, it suddenly struck me that should we buy them, would we have to pay taxes/bills, etc as if they were still 2 separate properties, or could we now class them as one owned property? I'm worried that I'm going to be lumbered with two lots of Tax Fonciere and habitation tax.
Any advice would be very welcome. Thanks!