During a building survey, a professional assesses a property for certain criteria (presence of asbestos, termites…).
If you are a property owner wishing to sell or let out there are 3 scenarios when a survey is necessary:
Each building survey must be compiled by a registered professional accredited by the French Accreditatation Committee, COFRAC (Comité Français d’Accréditation).
To simplify the steps involved, see our summary table below.
|TEST||PROPERTIES CONCERNED||LENGTH OF VALIDITY
(if no modification made)
|Official surface area||All properties under co-ownership||Unlimited|
|Asbestos||Planning permission prior to 01.07.1997||Unlimited if asbestos not present, every 3 years if present.|
|Lead||Planning permission prior to 01.01.1949||Unlimited if lead not present, every year if present|
|Energy Performance Diagnostics||All buildings enclosed, covered and heated||10 years|
|Assessment of natural, technical & mining risks||All property situation in a zone declared at risk||6 months|
|Gas||Installations older than 15 years||3 years|
|Electricity||Installations older than 15 years||3 years|
|Drains||All types of off-mains properties||3 years|
|Termites||In infested zones designated by an order of the prefect||6 months|