With 68% of its population foreign-born and over 130 nationalities, Monaco is one of the most welcoming and diverse countries in the world. This attractiveness can be explained by a combination of 3 factors:
With a “very high” safety rating in the international benchmarking database Numbeo, Monaco is one of the safest places to live in the world. The safety of the residents is guaranteed by a large police force (1 policeman / 71 residents, more than four times the European Union average) and 24hour CCTV covering the whole territory with 600 cameras.
In addition, many of the buildings in Monaco benefit from internal CCTV systems and 24 hours concierge service.
Monaco benefits from a unique geographical position. Located on the sunny Mediterranean coast, with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, the Principality enjoys long warm summers and mild winters. With one of the rare deep-water harbors of the French Riviera, its Yacht Club, designed by Sir Norman Foster, and its stunning Oceanographic Museum, commissioned by Prince Albert I in 1889, Monaco has a profound relationship with the Mediterranean. In summer, residents can enjoy the sea through the Larvotto beach or the renown Monte-Carlo Beach Club. In winter, they can also enjoy nice skiing destinations in the South Alps less than an hour and a half drive.
Monaco is located only 20 minutes away (7 minutes by helicopter) from the Nice International Airport, France’s largest airport outside Paris. With over 100 direct destinations, Nice airport is connected to the world.
Like any cosmopolitan place, Monaco offers plenty of world-class experiences for its locals and tourists in just two square kilometers. Restaurants are an essential part of Monaco’s lifestyle as families and friends regularly meet out for lunch or dinner. The range of choices is impressive, from the acclaimed 3 Michelin stars Louis XV which helped propel the career of Alain Ducasse, to a large number of local and authentic restaurants spread across the various districts. The numerous hotels offer a variety of options to grab a drink, from the iconic American Bar at the Hotel de Paris to the cozy Lobby Bar at the Metropole Hotel. The Sass Café or Jimmy’z have seen countless celebrities dancing all night long. The Opera, designed by Charles Garnier in 1879, and the Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo offer world-class performances to their audiences.
Monaco’s surroundings also provide extensive entertainment opportunities, from the 3 Michelin stars Mirazur restaurant in Menton, voted numerous times as the best restaurant in the world, to the stunning Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul de Vence. The region also hosts numerous global events all year long such as the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Monte-Carlo Tennis Masters, the Monaco Yacht Show or the Cannes Film Festival.
Health and Education are also set at a very high level in the Principality and adds to an exceptional standard of living. The Princess Grace Hospital has been awarded the highest rating by the French Health Authority. Both the public schools and the International School of Monaco, offering classes in English, have an impressive success rate for their respective diplomas.
Monaco is widely known for the light tax regime of its residents. With no personal income or capital gain taxes, the tax regime of the Principality has been and remains very attractive.
However, this light tax regime hasn’t come at the expense of fiscal orthodoxy. Monaco is one of the rare countries in the world with no public debt. Thanks to its sovereign fund (Fonds de Réserve Constitutionnel), the Principality benefits from a strong financial independence.
Viviani Champfleury Barco has extensive experience accompanying its clients through the administrative process of applying for a residency permit. Applicants must provide the following documents:
Once the application is completed, an appointment with the Residents Section must be set. During this appointment, the documents submitted are checked and the file registered. The approval depends on the outcome of the investigation ran by the Monaco authorities.
There is no restriction refraining foreigners from buying a property in Monaco.
An acquisition starts with a written purchase offer with the details and description of the desired property, the price, the terms and timing of the transaction. The offer must be backed by a down payment (typically 10% of the purchase price). Once accepted, the offer becomes a firm commitment for both parties and the down payment should be remitted in the account of a public notary who will draft the bill of sale. If the buyer was to withdraw from the transaction, the down payment would be granted to the seller.
The applicable fees for the purchase of a property are:
If the majority of the apartments in the Principality is free of law (s), properties built before September 1, 1947 are, with rare exceptions, subject to one of the following two laws:
|Law 887||Law 1235 amended by the law 1291 & 1377|
|The tenant must be||
|Rent||Free + usual indexation clause||Supervised by the Rent Arbitration Commission|
|Lease term||6 years, cancellable annually according to the sole will of the tenant. The owner has a right of repossession for himself and his family||6 years, cancellable within 3 months by the tenant. The owner has a right of repossession for himself and his family|
|Mandatory rental||No but declaration of vacancy is needed||Yes|
These laws generally generate a discount on the purchase price per sam but negatively impact the rental yield.
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