Before buying an « étang » you have to be aware of the environnemental laws applicable to your étang. And remember that in French « étang » and « lac » do not refer to the same thing : an « étang » has usually been created by men whereas a « lac » is natural.
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.
The French notaire is a sworn public official and a freelance professional at the same time.
He is subject to strict rules and rigorous controls and is both legally and financially liable for the deed he drafts.
A devis (or quote) is a legal requirement in the building sector and for breakdown/ repair/ maintenance work in the electrical goods sector where the cost of the work is to exceed €150 (including taxes).
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.
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.
The “ bon de visite” is the document signed by the buyer with the estate agency which proves that they gave visited a certain property ( usually a property the agency has a mandate for).
The French land registry plans are known as the « cadastre ».The French Cadastre derives from the napoleonian Cadastre and applies to all urban and rural properties (built or not). The literal information is strictly linked to the geographical one.
'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 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.