Tending to be here in the summer ........ To qualify for French residency you must live here for at least 6 months/183 days of every year. Where you live, be it in one of several homes or on a boat, doesn't affect your residency status so long as you can prove you actually occupied it for 6 months. The harbour master will only give you a residency attestation if you are in occupancy and not just if your boat is moored there.
Presumably you declare your rental income in the UK.
As a French resident you declare your resources each year as from next May (for the first time you have to go and get the form, you can't do it online) and all global income excluding UK Government pensions is subject to tax here. You must make a declaration even if you have zero resources.
By French Social Security purposes, are you referring to CPAM and cartes vitales? As you'll have read (ad infinitum!) on various forums, eligibility has really tightened up and anything 'out of the ordinary' is checked rigourously. Despite what you may hear and read about, to enter the French health system you need to have lived here for at least 3 months continuously and, what many people don't realise is, you must prove a 'droit de séjour'. This is proof of regular income to support all family members.
Posted on: 30/06/2012 at 14:43