France - Vacancy

France: Vacancy

Unit Ths. #
Annual 1.27 %
Data 2022 3,119
2021 3,080

Series Information

Source French National Institute of Statistics and Economic studies (insee)
Release Residential Dwellings
Frequency Annual
Start Date 12/31/1983
End Date 12/31/2022

France: Real Estate

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Building Permits Jan 2023 35,215 34,041 #, NSA Monthly
Housing Starts Jan 2023 25,506 35,657 #, NSA Monthly
Residential Building Permits Jan 2023 29,805 30,616 #, NSA Monthly
Residential Housing Starts Jan 2023 21,370 32,072 #, NSA Monthly
Dwelling Stocks 2022 37,553 37,222 Ths. # Annual
House Price Index 2022 Q4 135.3 136.1 Index 2015Q1=100, NSA Quarterly
House Price Index for Existing Homes 2022 Q4 135.1 134.9 Index 2015Q1=100, SA Quarterly
Non-residential Building Permits Dec 2022 3,293 3,498 Ths. sq. m, NSA Monthly
Non-residential Housing Starts Dec 2022 1,866 2,026 Ths. sq. m, NSA Monthly
Vacancy 2022 3,119 3,080 Ths. # Annual
House Price Index for New Homes 2022 Q3 129.63 127.98 Index 2015=100, NSA Quarterly
House Price Value for New Homes 2022 Q3 340,468 345,924 EUR, NSA Quarterly

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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