We offer specialist, bilingual expertise to clients who require advice on all aspects of selling a property in France. Our advice is tailored to the client and is cost effective and practical.
We can assist you throughout the process:
Every country is different but our breadth of experience means we are well placed to advise in the field of French property law:
Please note that in French Law, as a Seller, you may be bound to sell to a Purchaser if you have accepted an offer in which the price and the property are evidenced in writing either by letter or evidenced in a series of e-mail conversations. We would recommend that if you receive any interest, either orally or in writing, you ask for advice.
The ‘Compromis de vente’ or in some cases the “Promesse de vente” is a very important document as it will govern the sale transaction.
We can advise you on who is to sign first, which amount of deposit is standard and which conditions suspensives are acceptable to you. A legally binding agreement enforceable against a Purchaser only exists when the “Compromis de Vente” has been signed by both parties and the seven days cooling.
You will have to consider whether any French capital gains tax and French associated social security charges will be payable in which case an accredited fiscal representative has to be appointed.
Once the Notaire receives all the relevant administrative documents he will then ask the parties to agree a completion date. You can either attend completion in person or you can give a Power of Attorney to the Notaire’s clerk to complete on your behalf.
We are often asked to provide advice to other professional advisers who have clients with french law issues. Contact us for further details.
Our team is dual-qualified and has the expertise to advise on both English and French law. We belong to the relevant professional associations including the Barreau de Paris, Barreau de Bordeaux, Franco-British Lawyers Society, the French Chamber of Commerce and STEP UK and STEP France (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).