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Legal checks France

All the checks you need

If you are the type of person that likes to check and control everything, you will LOVE this page! When you finally found a partner to help you in your venture, there are a few things you can check online yourself. We have listed a few of these checks, if you come across other checks you deemed useful for your move, send them to us!

VAT and Company Registration numbers

French companies have both a company number (SIREN/SIRET) and a VAT number (numéro TVA). These numbers can always be checked by using the following websites:

Since realty agencies that have a focus on expats are often run by foreigner themselves, you might come across Belgian, Dutch or British registration numbers. These can be checked here:

Licences and certificates

For a number of professions, licences are mandatory. For example, a real estate agent will need to have a 'carte professionelle'. Likewise, an expert that can perform the required diagnostic tests, should be known by COFRAC.

Reviews

It never hurts to just 'google' a company you don't know yet. If the company you want to work with has an office, definitely check out reviews on Google Maps or Facebook. For some professions you may find that yelp or stars of service are a more useful resource in France.

Wherever you look for these reviews, bare in mind that people are simply more inclined to leave a review after a bad experience than they are when they had a good one. Don't judge a book by its cover, especially if it consists of only one review.

Checking financial data

Again, we have to make the distinction between French and foreign companies. 

French companies: The indebtedness, financial statements and balances can be requested via infogreffe or the website 'societé'. A small fee will be charged for requests made on these websites.

Belgian companies: General data can be requested via both 'trends.be' (paying or use 24h free trial) or data.be (partially free). If you are somewhat familiar with financial reccords, you can always request the 'raw data' financial statements online from the national bank of Belgium.

Dutch companies: Financial statements and balances can be retrieved (after payment) from kvk.nl

Trustworthyness of websites

There is no magic bullet solution to check whether a website is legitimate or not, but you can always check the reputation of a website or reveil where a website gets hosted. Off course, a location of the host is only an indication and not sufficient to label a website as not worthy of your trust. But nonetheless, if the hosting company is a shady company in Bulgaria, it might be a flag.

Other things you might take into consideration are the trustpilot sign or the protocol used by the website. Todays standards for new websites are to at least use https.