Guide to Selling Property in France

9. Completion Formalities

You are obliged to ensure the property is in no worse condition than was the case when the sale and purchase contract was signed. Accordingly, if you cause damage to the damage as a result of dismantling of fittings and removals, you need to be careful that they are not so significant as to impair the value of the property.

Before sale completion can take place the notaire will need to have all purchase funds in place.

It is quite possible that the completion will take place on a date different to that stated in the sale and purchase contract, but this date is normally only one that is an estimated date, as completion of the searches may take longer than anticipated.

However, where the date for fulfilment of the contract conditions has expired, then the seller has the right to withdraw from the contract.

If the buyer is unwilling to complete then you will need to take legal action for enforcement of the contract. Provided all contract terms have been met, the court will confirm the sale or award damages.

At the signing the notaire will read the main points of the deed of sale. There is no specific requirement for both parties to be present, as it is possible to grant power of attorney to another person (occasionally even a clerk in the notaires office). However, this is not recommended until you have read and properly understood the deed of sale, and that there are no material differences with the sale contract.

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