Tuesday, November 24, 2009
French "HIP's"....an explanation
Came across this excellent article in The Connexion.
It explains all about the seven surveys that must now be undertaken: for asbestos, lead, energy efficiency, termites, gas, “natural or technological risks” and electrics.
I know that HIP's get a bad press in the UK but I think the French system works really well with everyone knowing where they stand from the start. Sellers see it as "normal" and buyers get a lot of important information before they sign.
Adding septic tanks to the magnificent seven above can only be a good thing too.
Take note too of the last line of this report:
In no case is the owner of the property required by law to remedy any defects found as a result of the surveys.