Roofer looking for work

If you are stuck, without anywhere to stay, I may be able to help

Thinking more on your situation… I really do suggest you contact the authorities and get youself sailing back to UK without delay.

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I do make a little income online so it’s not too bad and currently in the process of getting work visa shouldn’t be long thanks

Really would suggest you report to the Authorities and regularize your situation without delay.

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You need insurance for your trade, to be registered with the Chambre de Métiers, affiliated to URSSAF and to have a Siret No before you can legally work for customers . All it takes is one accident or damage and you will be behind bars as working on the black without all the compulsory registrations is illegal and people will report you too! Sorry but OH was a legal business in France and paid in thousands each year to be legal and I do not support anyone just working a bit here and there for cash inhand because it is not fair to take work from the bone-fide.


I can only re-iterate Stella’s advice. If you are truly down on your luck there is limited help available from the Consulate to get you back home and if you have been scammed online by someone that you think is based in the UK or Europe you should report that to the authorities as well(though, obviously, online scams very frequently originate in places that make it hard to reach the scammers).

Sorry to be the wasp in the jam again but what about tax? Heath insurance? If you are in France when you do your online work then you are liable for tax etc in France.
If you do building work, even once you get a work visa, you have to be registered and insured.


Does he need to be registered as a company to work as a temp .It seems to me like a guy looking for temporary work to pass over a difficult moment.

Doesn’t look like I’ll be finding any work here then thanks for all the kind advice :pray::blush:

It may sound as if people are not being helpful, but for those of us with a carte de séjour one of the few reasons for it being cancelled is using illegal foreign workers or employing an illegal foreign tradesman.

Sounds unlikely that one would be discovered? No, all it needs is a nosey neighbour to chat to people a bit too much.

So there is a massive amount of caution. Sorry!

There is one organisation that may be able to help you. Charity specifically to help British citizens in France.


I’m looking for someone to do some roofing work, but I wouldn’t want to employ someone who has no insurance. And however skilled you are, roofing is still dangerous work.

Broken arm, broken leg?

As others have said. If you are in northern France and you are willing and able to travel, you really do need to be travelling back UK-wards. Then you can do some work in the UK and head back if you want.
You risk turning an unfortunate situation into a serious nightmare if you stay in France, work on the black and end up with the various authorities, immigration, social security, tax etc on your case. As you have seen on here, the knee jerk question people in France ask when they hear about a Brit offering to do roofing work is, Is that man legit? And it is very easy for anybody who is interested to check.

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Yeah I fully understand thanks for all your input :pray::blush:

Final comment then, if you genuinely do already have your working visa application in, it would be crazy to risk it being annulled because you have been caught abusing your 90 day tourist waiver.

The labour and SME/artisan situation in France is highly regulated. I’m not sure how the voluntary sector arranges things for non-EU people but it is impossible to undertake paid work or volunteer without the appropriate visa.

To get a work visa as a 3rd nation citizen you have to have the sponsorship of an employer, who must be prepared to state that they could find no suitable EU candidate, or a business plan and start-up funding in place. It’s no longer easy for a Brit to come to France and work.

Indeed, no antipathy to Enchano86 is intended - but, as others have pointed out, it would be all too easy to turn a difficult situation into a nightmare, and not just for him.

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Its worse than that if we are really honest.
As another member pointed out, her late husband sweated blood and tears to be legit as a builder in France and to pay all his tax and cotisations but to allow or encourage anyone to do less is a disservice to the memory of her husband.
There are other members too on SF who have done everything right to be registered and will be equally offended by this.
If that is what it takes to be brutally honest about the situation, then this has to be it. Nothing less will do.


I wish you the very best of luck - I hope you manage to plot a course that works for you. It might be worth putting in the effort to regularise your position in France as it can be a great place to live. Perhaps start by getting a work visa and registering as an odd-job man rather than a trade that demands a high level of French qualification such as roofing. Once you’re here legally you can build up a network - and your qualifications.

Bon chance, mon ami…

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Hit the nail on the head there :pray:

Every single time someone comes on with the idea of working the first thought of the members is self employed .The guy is looking for a temporay job ,sign up to an agency get a few weeks work then move on.
Orientate the guy towards what he is looking for

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You would be liable anyway for employing someone not en situation régulière.

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