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Documents useful to the purchaser

The technical diagnostic file, provided by the seller, must inform the buyer of certain characteristics of the property sold. This file is presented to the buyer upon signature of the sales agreement and, failing that, in the deed of sale.

  • The energy performance diagnosis (DPE) is valid for 10 years. It assesses the energy consumed by the home (insulation, heating, hot water, air conditioning, etc.).
  • The parasitic status, valid for 6 months, informs about the presence of termites if the accommodation is located in a risk area.
  • The statement of natural, mining and technological risks (risk of flooding, seismic, industrial, chemical, etc.) is valid for 6 months. It must be provided if the property is located in an area covered by a prevention plan for natural, mining or technological risks, or in an area of ​​seismicity.
  • The statement of risk of exposure to lead is issued for dwellings built before 1949. It is valid for one year in the event of the presence of lead and otherwise, its validity is unlimited.
  • The statement relating to the presence of asbestos is mandatory for goods constructed before July 1, 1997. Its validity is unlimited.
  • The diagnosis of gas and electricity installations over 15 years old must be carried out and is valid for 3 years.
  • The installation of non-collective sanitation requires providing a certificate of conformity and proper functioning of less than 3 years.
  • The "Carrez law" area footage must be taken for the sale of an apartment.


All these documents will have to be provided to the notary when selling your apartment or your house.

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