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The legal steps

We will advise and assist you on all matters connected with the purchase of your property and will be there to protect your interests until the property becomes your own.

What is a “Notaire”?

A French “Notaire” (Notary) is a publicly appointed official who is responsible for ensuring a property has good title (ie, no irregularities in the ownership) and that the purchase or sale is correctly undertaken. Because Notaries are personally responsible for the contracts drawn up, they must be objective in the advice they give and be impartial in their dealings with the parties concerned.

A “Notaire” represents neither the seller nor the buyer but the French Government. The same Notaire usually acts for both the vendor and the purchaser. This is not obligatory and you can appoint your own Notaire if you wish. The fees (paid by the purchaser) are fixed by law and will be split between both Notaries if two are appointed. You should be aware that the Notaire's job is to finalise the agreement they are not there to advise or warn the purchaser of any potential inadequacies. Their  role is therefore very different from that of a UK solicitor.

If you purchase with a mortgage, you should at least instruct the Notaire or the promoter to make your purchase conditional upon obtaining a mortgage (agreement called “clauses suspensives”). This will give you further protection under the French Consumer Law. Upon signing this preliminary agreement, the purchaser has to place a deposit with the Notaire, which is normally (2 to 5%) of the purchase price, and will be deducted from the sale price.


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