Legality and Safety of your Accommodation in France

At Camping le Paradis, during the course of a year, we get to hear from our regular visitors of other places, that they have stopped at with caravans or motor homes, ‘en route’ to us.  Some stories are quite horrendous, with electric hook-ups hanging out of trees and a number of other problems.  During the course of 2016, the amount of stories has basically doubled!  So the following article is just to try and help you with a safe passage wherever you go in France for your holidays.

In the UK there are a vast amount of regulations (Health and Safety etc.,) regarding the rental of accommodation whether it be campsites, bed and breakfasts or hotels.  In France we have similar regulations which have to be adhered to but the onus is on the owner of the establishment and not on the authorities. i.e. the safety aspect of your holiday is only as good as the conscience of the owner!!

Before booking your accommodation make sure that the owners registration number i.e. SIRET Number, is visible on their website or documentation as this can then be checked.  Any answers to questions you have regarding safety, legality and health or the suitability of accommodation regarding mobility issues should be obtained in writing.  In France, ignorance is not accepted in law and you can’t say ‘I didn’t know!’  One is expected to ask.

Regarding campsites,  these seem to be springing up, on a regular basis, where people are buying a house with a small parcel of land and, as a source of income, decide to operate a ‘Camping a la ferme’  i.e. CL campsite as we know them in the UK or larger as in some cases.  These, of course, are supposed to comply with a whole host of safety rules and regulations plus the correct registration but unfortunately many do not and again it is advisable to do as much research as possible.

It is worth noting that the star rating of a campsite applies to the quantity and type of facilities that are offered and does not guarantee the safety of these or its additional activities.  If you are not sure then always ask.

When looking for caravan storage the above plus more applies.

A point to remember, if you have to make an insurance claim, is your insurance company will undoubtedly want answers to many questions before settling. 

The following few photographs are of a few things which should be visible on your arrival and take a few minutes to satisfy yourselves that everything is safe for you and your family.