YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE AGENT IN PARIS
WHETHER BUYING, SELLING OR RENTING
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The low-down on building permits

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It’s important for both buyers and sellers to ensure that all the right building permits are in place

It is not uncommon for the seller and/or the previous owners of a property to have completed some unauthorised building works – such as modification of the façade, conversion of a basement into a living area or increases to the surface area. It is important therefore to make sure all the necessary building permits are in place before buying (or selling). The consequences of illegal constructions (i.e. work done without any building permit) can be briefly summarised as follows:

Although a notary will investigate the building permits once involved in a transaction, an owner can require their intervention before a buyer is even found. In fact, before selling a property, it’s wise to identify any construction related problems, such as illegal works by the previous owner, and find out the completion dates. That way, the owner can be sure beforehand that everything is already in order.