Since the “Compromis de Vente” is signed, the Notaire will check records and documentation regarding the property and land, such as land boundaries or right of ways. The Notaire will also check that the property is free of right and that any mortgage secured on the property is being repaid. The Notaire is responsible to make sure the necessary searches are done; that the termite, lead and asbestos inspection reports are complete and available for the buyer’s inspection, and to inform the buyer of any servitude rights or the new laws regarding septic systems. A “Notaire” is legally bound by law to act in the interest of both parties and must disclose to buyers and sellers all the legal requirements prior to a sale. It generally takes 2 to 3 months to complete this process.
It is usually recommended to proceed to a last visit of the property prior to the signature of the deed of sale to ensure that the property has been emptied and is in the same condition as during the first visit.
Both the buyer and the seller will then meet at the Notaire’s office for the signature of the “Acte de Vente” (deed of sale). You will be given the keys of the property on that day.
If your Notaire does not speak fluent English and if your French is not A1, the Notaire will have to arrange for someone to translate the deed of sale in English as you need to fully understand the contract for the signature.