Prior to the sale of a property in France, the vendor is obliged to have a series of tests carried out by an approved expert. These tests are called the Dossier Diagnostic Technique (DDT).
These tests provide information on a number of different factors relating to the property about to be purchased. They are specific to the French property market and may be different to tests undertaken outside France.
From our experience here at Leggett Immobilier, we find that the biggest difference for most of our clients is that, unlike in some countries (including the UK) a structural survey is not included in these tests in France.
The DDT is sometimes carried out by the vendor when they put their property on the market, and Leggett Immobilier try to encourage all vendors to do this. However, often these tests are carried out after an offer has been made. Most of these tests are for purchasers information only, it is only obligatory to rectify the following:
- If the swimming pool is lacking security features, this will need to be rectified by the vendor prior to the sale of the property.
- If there are problems uncovered by the termite test, these will need to be addressed by either the vendor or the purchaser (to be negotiated).
- If the septic tank does not conform, this will need to be addressed by the purchaser.
Should the test on the fosse septique highlight that the system does not conform, the purchaser of the property is obliged to have it brought up to a conforming level within a year of purchasing the property. This can involve having a new system installed.
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