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The French Star Rating System Explained

In France, the star rating system, is referred to as an ‘official classification’ or ‘classement des meublés de tourisme. The higher the rating, the more “high-end” the property is considered to be.

If you’ve invested in a property in the French Alps, you may be wondering: “What is an official classification and how do I obtain it?”. However, there are a few other things to think about when obtaining your official classification in France. Read on to find out more…

What is an official classification? The French star rating system explained.
Guest contributor:
David Ducoin
2BG Qualité Representative

We’ve teamed up with David Ducoin to put together this article about obtaining an official classification based on his experience in the field…

What is the process for obtaining an official classification?

“First, the owner or mandataire’ sends me the completed ‘demande de classement’ (a document containing essential information such as the property’s address, owner’s contact details, capacity, etc).

The most important part is the bedroom sizes, as there’s not much you can do to get around it if it’s too small.

They choose the star rating that fits the property best, based on the ‘referentiel’  (a document outlining the minimum requirements for each star rating).

Once completed, I issue a contract and when the contract is signed and returned, we set up a visit date.

The chalet can be closed and unoccupied and beds do not have to be made for the visit.”

“At the end of the visit, I can confirm the rating straight away if all goes well.

If there are missing elements, then the owner / ‘mandataire’ has three weeks to meet the standards, buy equipment, and so on.

The ‘dossier‘ (application file) is then sent to 2BG Qualité, the accredited company that contracts me to do the visits, and they register the classification with the local authority.

I then send the owner the ‘rapport de control’, ‘the certificate of classification’, and a letter from the director of 2BG Qualité, which they can use to justify the rating to the Taxe de Séjour collection platform, rental platform, etc.

I don’t need anyone to accompany me whilst I visit the properties, just the keys, codes, and directions.”

The standards are pretty high when it comes to 4 and 5 stars. Having a property rated will guarantee a set of standard facilities, furnishing, equipment and size…

How much does it cost?

“For a studio, to an apartment up to 2 bedrooms (Type F3), the cost is 150€ (+20% VAT).

A big chalet with 8+ bedrooms with plenty of public spaces and facilities costs 390€ (before tax)

How long does it last once set up?

“5 years. So when you ratio the cost of the inspection over 5 years, it’s not a big investment.”

What are the impacts on Taxe de Séjour and income tax?

‘A non-rated property will automatically pay 5* Taxe de Séjour rates in most resorts. So if an owner aims for a 5* rating, then there is no financial benefit.

However, if the owner doesn’t have his apartment or chalet registered under a business then they can get a deduction of 72% on their income tax on the amount they receive for the rental of the property.

If not rated officially, it is illegal to put stars up on Online Travel Agencies such as, Airbnb, Vbro, and so on.

The standard is pretty high when it comes to 4 to 5-star classifications. So having your property rated will guarantee a set of standards of facilities, furnishing, equipment, and size.”

If you want to find out more about the star rating system in France, then visit 2B&G Qualité or contact David at to organise obtaining an official classification for your property rental business.

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Hi I’m Amy and I run the OVO Network Blog. I have spent winters in the Alps since 2016 and I am now based in the beautiful town of Annecy. I love making the most of being surrounded by the lake and mountains with my dog!