Trees, bushes and boundaries
In order to establish whether or not the wall is shared, there is a traditional method that often works: the orientation of the tiles placed on top of the wall. If these tiles slant one way or the other, the property towards which they slant is the owner of the wall. If the tiles slant both ways, i.e. they form an inverted ‘V’, then the wall is shared.
Boundaries and property
What is ‘bornage’?
Bornage is the French term for establishing the borders of a plot of land and refers to definitively establishing the border between two or more private properties. If your property borders publicly owned land, i.e. a public footpath or forest, then the rules are different: you would then need to ask the local authority concerned to perform the bornage and establish the exact boundary area.
Some house buying tips and advice
The seller of a property is required by law to provide documentation of certain checks which must be performed by accredited organizations: checks for asbestos, lead, gas, termites etc. Not all checks are compulsory in all areas of France, but you can ask your Notaire to outline what is required, or visit the local Prefecture for more information.
No gazumping in France
'Gazumping' is the term used to refer to when a house seller accepts an offer from one potential buyer, but then accepts a higher offer from someone else. The first buyer is left in the lurch, and either has to offer a higher price or accept that they have lost that home and continue looking.
The French purchasing process
The approach in France is a simple one.
When the vendor and purchaser agree on what it is that is to be sold/purchased, that is to say the estate including any furniture, outbuildings, land, etc and have settled upon a price a sale/purchase contract is deemed to have been made.