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Expat Help France

It’s not getting that chilly yet but winter is drawing in and shorter days are upon us…

This is a great time to get all our paperwork, admin and procedures in place to ensure we are all set up properly here in France or if you are looking to move here, now’s the time to get ready and start enquiring about all there is to know and do once you arrive.

The Help is a local company that basically loves to HELP.

Expat Help France

Need assistance with taxes, opening up a company, someone to do your monthly/yearly book keeping?

Need someone to help you set up in the are with finding a house, furniture, schools, cars, insurance, healthcare, taxes and everything new to you here in France?

Or maybe you need someone to give you HR advice on a new contract, on leaving a company, on the employment laws here in France?

Have a home that you need rented out for the summer, for the year?

THE HELP is held by Fiona, local resident who can be your one stop shop for all the assistance you need.

Fiona speaks four languages fluently (french/english/italian/spanish), has an HR and business/finance background here in France but also internationally.

Amongst her clients are local brands, artisans but also larger suf companies as well as retailers that need help with their crew so that everyone is happy and operational.

You can find a list of The Help’s services here. Just give Fiona a call for details and tarifs.

CLICK HERE for more info and contact details!

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  • Administration and Management Services (formalities)

  • Translation and interpreting services as per requests (all documents, websites)​
  • All French procedures
  • Bank account openings – follow up of all banking issues​
  • Housing and vehicle insurances
  • Management of the household utilities and services (electricity, water, gaz, phone, Internet and tv) – subscriptions and follow-up
  • Opening of Social Security number(s)
  • Alll tax related issues (tax declarations, tax estimations)
  • HR issues (contract negotiations, dismissals, all work rights in France)
  • Management of all accountancy related issues
  • Temporary postal service
  • Vehicle technical visits, registrations and license plates change
  • Drivers licence change


  • Orientation Services
  • Discover The Landes, Basque Country and neighboring France and Spain​
  • Visits of different neighbourhoods and towns
  • Overview of the related area – schools, work, activities, etc
  • Housing visits as examples


  • Work permit Services
  • Full management of permit requests and Visas
  • Procedures and follow-up for all work permits


  • Housing Services
  • Apartment and House search according to needs, with objective advice
  • Buying and rental of real estate
  • Planning and organization of accompanied visits
  • Administration and negotiation of leases/sales of house with landlords and real estate agencies​
  • Administration for buying or selling property in France (notaire, legal contracts and documents)
  • House inspection and inventory – arrivals and departures for permanent or temporary  housing
  • Interior design and furnishing assistance
  • Temporary lodging assistance (short to medium term lettings)
  • Installation assistance by our technicians and specialists


  • Schooling Services
  • Search of the best schools in the area according to needs
  • Planning and organization of visits of the preselected schools
  • Enrolment assistance and follow-up


  • Moving and Import Services
  • Search of the best moving company according to the expatriate’s country of origin
  • Complete logistics
  • Import / Custom declarations and clearance management
    • Household belongings
    • Vehicles
    • Pets

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