Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

A tale of Notaires

We have been doing this job now for almost 10 years, so we think we know what is what.
When it comes to the final Acte de Vente (completion), we are in the hands of the Notaire, and like all walks of life, some are good and some are, well, pretty poor !
Currently we are wrestling with one such individual, and their "army" of staff who position themselves between you and Maître. This case has been ticking along without any problems and was due to complete on 30th September.
Because of inheritance / succession problems, the clients wish to purchase via a S C I (property company), so that they can leave shares (the property) to who they wish, rather than having succession laws imposed upon them.
The Notaire is insistent that the S C I must be created a week or so ahead of the Acte de Vente, even though we have previously done this on the same day as completion. (They have known about everything required since mid-April, and it is now that they start raising objections).
Following several phone calls, they have finally backed down, and completion can now take place on the same day as the S C I is created. Good news, BUT, they now cannot make the 30th September as their diary is full !!
The Notaire is also going on a weeks holiday between 3-9th October, so the first appointment available is 12th October.
Needless to say, we have well and truly marked the card of this Notaire and won't be using them in a hurry.
Meanwhile, another sale has bumped along and hit a few problems along the way. This time the Notaire involved, (a different one), has been proactive and has overcome the problems, much to everyone's delight. There is light at the end of the tunnel....
Peter Elias
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  1. I discovered today that one of my sales has hit a bump. Apparently it is 'relie au tout a l'egout' but via a fosse septic - apparently underneath a decking put down by the owners. Just hoping the Mairie will give us a paper saying that are connected and the local water authority dont want to pull up the deck to have a look at the old fosse.