Diagnostic reports and surveys

Charente Immobilier French diagnostic report information

Since 2007 the French conveyancing system has grouped the various obligatory reports into the dossier de diagnostic technique immobilier (DDT) which a vendor must supply to a purchaser prior to signing any sales agreement (compromis de vente or  sous seing privé) so that they are given a general impression of the state of the property being bought. We encourage all of our vendors to have these reports as soon as possible (and not wait until a buyer is found). This collection of reports comprises:

The “Diagnostic de performance énergétique” or DPE
In the UK this is called the “Energy Performance certificate” (EPC). The report rates the property in terms of its energy efficiency and environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

The “constat de risque d’exposition au plomb” (the “lead paint report”)
Required for all properties built before 01/01/1949 and will highlight any areas of the property which contain lead paint (or varnish).

The “état d’amiante”
Required for all properties built before 01/07/1997 and will identify areas of the property which contain materials likely to contain asbestos.

The “état parasitaire relatif aux termites” (the termite report)
Only required if the property is located in an area that has been declared to be affected by termites.

The “état de l’installation intérieure de gaz” (the gas installation report)
Required if the property has a gas installation (mains or bottle) that dates back more than 15 years.

The “état de l’installation intérieure d’éléctricité” (the electrical installation report)
Required if the property has an electrical installation that dates back more than 15 years.

The “état de l’installation intérieure de gaz” (the gas installation report)
Required if the property has a gas installation that dates back more than 15 years.

The “état des risques naturels, miniers et technologiques” (the “risk” report)
Will indicate whether the property is at risk from natural or technological risks (flooding, earthquake, dangerous factories etc.)

A vendor must provide these reports prior to signing the compromis de vente (the first sales agreement). Purchasers should note that they are provided for information purposes only and do not place a requirement on either the vendor or purchasers to undertake any remedial work (with very limited exceptions).  Charente Immobilier encourages all vendors to have these reports undertaken as soon as the property is put on the market and no to wait until negotiations are underway before they commission the reports. This can avoid substantial delays and frayed tempers!

A word about drainage

As a vendor you will know what type of drainage system your property has. French law requires that this system is inspected prior to completion. Charente Immobilier encourages vendors to have this report undertaken at an early stage as it can take several weeks for the inspecting authority to confirm an appointment and undertake the inspection. If this is left until the last minute it could entail substantial delays and, dependent upon the outcome, a renegotiation of the price or the cancellation of the sale. If you would like to have this inspection arranged, don’t hesitate to contact us.