France - Vacancy





France: Vacancy

Mnemonic HVACN.IFRA
Unit Ths. #
Annual 2.75 %
Data 2018 3,066
2017 2,984

Series Information

Source French National Institute of Statistics and Economic studies (insee)
Release Residential Dwellings
Frequency Annual
Start Date 12/31/1983
End Date 12/31/2018

France: Real Estate

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Non-residential Building Permits Mar 2019 3,460 3,498 Ths. sq. m, NSA Monthly
Non-residential Housing Starts Mar 2019 2,601 2,120 Ths. sq. m, NSA Monthly
Dwelling Stocks 2018 36,330 35,944 Ths. # Annual
House Price Index 2018 Q4 107.4 108 Index 2015Q1=100, NSA Quarterly
House Price Index for Existing Homes 2018 Q4 107.6 106.7 Index 2015Q1=100, SA Quarterly
House Price Index for New Homes 2018 Q4 110.19 108.04 Index 2015=100, NSA Quarterly
House Price Value for New Homes 2018 Q4 273,359 259,307 EUR, NSA Quarterly
Vacancy 2018 3,066 2,984 Ths. # Annual
Building Permits Oct 2017 47,129 49,330 Number, NSA Monthly
Housing Starts Oct 2017 35,297 33,614 #, NSA Monthly
Residential Building Permits Oct 2017 44,208 45,494 Number, NSA Monthly
Residential Housing Starts Oct 2017 32,394 31,434 Number, NSA Monthly

Release Information

The French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee) reports an annual estimate of housing stock by category of housing. Figures are reported in thousands of unitary counts (Ths. #), not seasonally adjusted (NSA). Geo coverage includes France (excluding Mayotte).

A dwelling is defined in terms of its use. It is a room used for habitation:

  • Separate, that is completely enclosed by walls and partitions, without communicating with another resident except through the public areas of the building (corridor, staircase, hall, ...)
  • Independent, i.e. having an inlet where it has direct access to the exterior or common parts of the building, without having to go through another room.

The dwellings are referred to as either accomodation or single dwelling. Accommodation in an apartment building (apartment). A single dwelling is a building that includes a dwelling (house).

Dwellings are divided into three categories: principle residences, second homes, and vacant dwellings.
A principal residence is a dwelling occupied habitually and principally by one or more persons in a household. The number of primary residences equal and the number of households.

A second home is a dwelling used for the weekends, leisure or vacation. Rented furnished accommodation (or rent) for tourist visits are also classified as second homes. The distinction between casual homes and second homes is sometimes difficult to establish, therefore, the two categories are often grouped.

A vacant dwelling is an unoccupied dwelling located in one of the following cases:

  • Proposed sale, rental;
  • Already assigned to a buyer or tenant occupancy and are pending;
  • Pending settlement of estate;
  • Retained by an employer for future use for the benefit of its employees;
  • Kept vacant and non-earmarked by the owner (eg a very dilapidated housing)

Data is estimated for three years following the census results (years n-2, n-1 and n). They will be reviewed annually until a final census is established.

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