By way of an update.
We have signed the Compromise De vente having satisfied ourselves that a longer term solution is possible and are both thrilled at the prospect of owning our home in the south of france.
I wrote to a local estate agent to ask about the situation regarding fosses and I copy word for word below, it makes interesting reading, our plan is to do the work and perhaps build in a garden watering system, any thoughts here most welcome.
Does anyone out there have any experience of actually obtaining a grant towards the work of replacing a fosse, again not hearsay or I know a friend of a friend actual proper experience with a result.
From a local agent
About 70% of the houses we sell have their own Fosse Septique, and 90% of these Fosse Septiques are not conformee with the new regulations.
We provide the buyer with a detailed monitoring report. The law says that the new owner has to put the Fosse Septique in conformity within 1 year.
However most new owners just carry on and ignore, given that until now the SPANC has no repressive role, so no one is prosecuted.
Of course our advice is to have the work done !