The final deed of sale (contrat definitif de vente)
This is the final step, with the involvement of a French notaire. You will be given one month’s notice by the notaire for the final signature.
The aim of this notice period is to enable you to check that the project conforms to the agreed specifications. This contract must have more details than the preliminary contract, in particular a detailed description of the property, the price and modes of payment, a delivery period, a guarantee of completion or refund and a clause whereby if you cannot get a mortgage, you are released from the contract of sale.
The agent must also provide a plan with the housing dimensions and a duplicate of the joint ownership rules. If there is a discrepancy between the final contract and the preliminary contract you can withdraw from the purchase and your deposit will be refunded to you in full.
The final sale contract must be signed in the presence of a notaire. Therefore, you need to make an appointment with him, however if you can’t be present to sign the contract , you can give a power of attorney to someone who will sign on your behalf.