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Moving? Here's who you need to tell and when
As soon as possible
If a tenant, notify landlord right away and before moving do an inventory with landlord and claim back deposit
Organise material conditions of move
Call a professional mover to protect against the risk of theft or damage
Check to see if your removals company is registered (
Time off from work may be granted. Speak to your human resources department
Ensure stability for children’s school
Enrol children in new school (when moving during the summer)
Request a change of school or keep children in their old school (if you move during the school year)
Make arrangements if necessary for children’s care outside of school hours
Within 2 months before the move
Inform various agencies by updating contracts & subscriptions
Family Allowances Fund (CAF)
formulaire cerfa n°11361*02
Primary health insurance fund (CPAM). Call 3646
Pension (retraite) Call 3960
Complementary health insurance (mututelle)
EDF , France Telecom, Internet Provider
Work: Inform employer or unemployment centre (ANPE).
Banking: inform all bank accounts
Insurance: home, car, life and civil responsibility insurance.
Contact energy suppliers (gas and electricity) and advise the companies that manage other accounts or subscriptions, past or future, including:
In cases of financial difficulties, ask for assistance to pay invoices.
TIP: From two months before the move you can notify for free your change of address to several organisations in one go online:
Family allowance (Caf, MSA)
Pension (CNAV, Cram ...)
Health insurance (CPAM ...)
Some energy suppliers (Direct Energy, EDF, GDF SUEZ)
Office of National Service
Prefecture for car registration.
In the month following the move, register new address
Car Registration (certificat d'immatriculation) (mandatory)
National identity card or passport (optional)
Foreigners must change address on residence permit (mandatory) or EU residence card
Request a refund for lost or damaged goods by the mover. See letter.
Arrange for the post to redirect any mail
Before 31 December
Register to vote in new town
Within 6 months following the move
If you have at least 3 children, request a moving allowance from the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales (CAF). The city and department can sometimes give financial support during a move.
For all links see:
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