APL, RSA, MaPrimeRénov’, name change, electric car…

The month of July has several news for the French. They aim to improve energy savings, make name changes easier and provide more information to future tenants.

Each new month has its share of change. In July, non-professional homeowners are subject to new obligations, the state seeks to accelerate energy savings and make it easier for everyone to change their surname. In the world of law, a new profession is emerging.

change your last name

Driven by Patrick Vignal, deputy (LREM) for Hérault, a law that takes effect on July 1 will allow everyone to change their last name once in their lifetime. An adult person can thus choose to use his mother’s name, his father’s name, or both. A parent can also add their name, for convenience, to their child’s name, informing the other parent. If the child is over 13 years of age, consent is required.

Before registering this change, the marital status will leave one month for the applicant, who will have to present himself again to the city hall to confirm this decision, possible only once in a lifetime.

According to the presentation of the bill on the choice of name resulting from affiliation, in 2020, more than 4,000 people asked for a name change, for various reasons. The new simplified approach could apply to half of those requests, according to the Ministry of Justice.

Landlords: new information to provide for renting accommodation

If you are a non-professional lessor and intend to rent accommodation, the information must be presented clearly from 1 July, according to the public service. It should now appear:

  • the value of the rent, its possible complement and charges;
  • the mention “area subject to rent control” if your accommodation is subject to this, as well as the value of the base rent and the added reference rent;
  • the amount of any required security deposit;
  • the furnished nature of the rental;
  • the amount of taxes included in the fees charged to the tenant when carrying out the inventory;
  • the municipality and, if applicable, the district in which the leased property is located;
  • the surface of the rented property in square meters of living space.

The end of oil boilers

The installation of heating or hot water production equipment powered by fuel oil will be prohibited from 1er July 2022. The announced objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On the other hand, appliances already installed can continue to be used, maintained and repaired, but financial aid of up to €11,000 is foreseen to encourage their replacement.

From now on, new equipment installed for heating or hot water production in residential or professional buildings, new or existing, must respect a maximum greenhouse gas emission limit of 300 gCO2eq/KWh PCI.

As indicated on the official website of the French administration, which specifies all the details of this measure, derogations are possible in the following cases:

  • the work required would be technically impossible or would infringe regulatory or legislative provisions relating to land rights or property rights;
  • or when there is no heating or natural gas network, and no equipment compatible with this threshold can be installed without reinforcement of the local electrical network.

Enhanced help for energy renewal

from 1er July 2022, it will be possible to combine a zero interest eco-loan in the maximum amount of €30,000 to finance energy renovation works and other aid obtained to pay for this work, namely MaPrimeRénov’.

The works in question can be in the insulation of the house or in changing the heating mode. More information on the public service website.

Eco bonus: new scales

The balance of the ecological bonus that allows you to obtain financial help to buy a low-polluting vehicle changes from 1 July, recalls the website. administrademarches.fr.

In addition, all amounts decrease by €1,000. If you buy an electric vehicle for less than €45,000, the ecological bonus will be a maximum of €3,000 if you are an individual and €5,000 if you are a company.

For electric cars costing between €45,000 and €60,000 and for electric vans and hydrogen cars over €60,000, the aid will be €1,000. Finally, rechargeable hybrids are no longer affected by this device.

Commissioner of Justice: a new profession in the legal sector

On July 1, the profession of commissioner of justice will combine the powers of bailiffs and judicial auctioneers. According to the French administration, “this merger aims to expand the competences and fields of activity of the two professions, in order to improve and simplify the public service of justice”.

Help for social assistance

According to the echoes, the future purchasing power bill also foresees, as already announced by the Government, an early reassessment of social benefits indexed to inflation, at 4% from 1 July. This concerns, in particular, the RSA and retirement pensions. In detail, here are the aids in question:

  • The Active Solidarity Income (RSA)
  • Allowance for adults with disabilities (AAH)
  • The solidarity allowance for the elderly (Aspa) or minimum old age
  • The Supplementary Disability Allowance (ASI)
  • Widower’s Allowance (AV)
  • The specific solidarity allowance (SSA) for the unemployed at the end of their entitlement.

The APLs are also affected by this impulse: housing assistance will even be increased by 3.5% in order to “protect those who have the greatest difficulties” so that they can “pass this course of inflation”, announced the Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, this Monday morning on RMC-BFMTV.

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