We have a millhouse converted into our accommodation and 2 gîtes and have been doing this since 2003 so we are aware of most of the rules and regs of running such a business. However, our comcom Creuse grand Sud (Dept 23) has just decided that to bring this area into line with the rest of france, we will have to start charging a taxe de séjour from 2016. This is only €0.80/adult/night but over a 2 week booking with up to 6 adults/gîte this can add up to a significant amount. As we had not budgeted for this or included it in our weekly rates for 2016 we have decided to make this payable by our guests on their departure.
So, just wondering how other gîte owners deal with this - do you include it in your weekly rates?
or do you calculate it when you send a contract out and add it onto the amount payable?
or do you grin and bear it and pay it yourself?
If you do collect from clients, do you give them a written receipt, is it normally in cash (UK, dutch, belge) or cheque (french)?
Anyone know where I can get a receipt book from (duplicate carbon paper type from the stone age)??
Thanks for any advice