Does anybody see the harm; problems; implications and/or risks here?
Due to a retrenchment package in 2012 I had the good fortune of being able to afford; and own a very modest ‘maison secondaire’ in France. I’ve spent the last six years renovating it and spending up to five months each year in France, mostly carrying out those renovations.
At the time of purchase, as a UK citizen, I bought it in the knowledge that I could (effectively) come and go there whenever, and for a long as I pleased (with due reference to the maximum six month stay for non residents) and thus without the requirement of being a French taxpayer etc.
Thanks to Brexit I no longer have the flexibility that came with ‘Freedom of Movement.’ I have no plans to retire to France or stay for longer than 6 months each year. My ‘maison premier’ is not in France. I am however saddened at the loss of a benefit previously enjoyed under Brexit. It was an EU membership benefit that I treasured.
I have considered seeking a CdS, because I am able to fulfil all the requirements (tax / social security / health / self funding etc) and able and happy to ‘pay my way’ in France generally. Those costs and other requirements are not onerous for me (so I can be foolish if I wish in that regard).
What persuades me in seeking a CdS this year is only the ‘window of opportunity’ of the relative ease of acquiring one (come October 2020) in my circumstances.
If I’m willing and able to fulfil all the requirements to acquire a CdS, but do not actually spend more than 6 months in France each year, what’s the harm in that, if I’m happy to contribute to the France economy regardless?
I do not plan to be a Permanent Resident of France. I’m already a permanent resident and citizen (with my primary economic base) elsewhere. The principle here after all is only to seek to preserve a specific Pre Brexit benefit (in regard to France), at my cost.
Various tax implications aside (well known to me and not an issue I need advice on), does anybody see the harm; problems; implications and/or risks here?