I imagine there’s a lot of people here who have bought property in France - I would really appreciate your advice!
I am looking to buy a mid terraced house. I have put in an offer and it has been accepted. The compromis is not yet signed.
The current owner bought the house in 2018 and has done a lot of work to it - it has been renovated (as far as I can tell, at least!) to a high standard. It would require no work on moving in.
However when I took the compromis to the notaire he noticed that there were no annexes showing that any works done had been given planning permission (certificats d’urbanisme, I think!). I went back to the estate agent asking if the owner would be happy to get this sorted and he replied saying that he would be do so for the works he did on the front of the house (windows, doors, roof) but not for the work he did on the extension at the back.
The extension at the back, as far as I can tell, existed when the current owner bought the house but was not heated / connected to the electricity - evidence being a difference of 6m2 between the purchase in '18 and the current advert for the house. He also re-cladded it ans replaced the windows (fairly sure of this at it all looks very new, the cladding is wood…)
As far as I can tell there are two possible reasons why he doesn’t want to do the it administratively regularised :
- He did work to it that he didn’t get planning permission for (heating, elec, cladding)
- The previous owner did the extension and didn’t have planning permission for it
Either way, he would be liable for it. The latter , I suppose, is potentially worse as it could be ordered for demolition if it was in the last 6 years.
So I am trying to weigh up whether it’s worth the risk purchasing this property part of which potentially doesn’t have planning permission… What’s fruatrating is the lack of info: how can I find out if it’s just scenario 1 or if its both, for example?
And what are the chances of the mairie finding out, within the next 5ish years?
If anybody knows how I can get more info to have a better grasp of the risk that would be really helpful, also any advice generally would be gratefully received!