Prior to occupation of the property it is normal practice to undertake a description of the condition of the property.
This report is called an état des lieux.
The main point of the report is to avoid argument about the condition of the property, and thereby refund of the rental damage deposit, at the end of the tenancy.
An inspection of the property takes place at the end of the tenancy to compare with the original report.
The report is normally carried out by an estate agent or huissier (bailiff) and signed by both parties.
If no report is prepared then the property is deemed to have been let in a good condition.
There are also separate statutory survey reports that must be prepared, which are considered in the next section.
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