REPORTS ON DRAINAGE INSTALLATIONS: OBLIGATORY IN THE EVENT OF SALE

The law 'Grenelle II' (law of 12th July 2010 incorporating the national undertakings in relation to the environment) has modified the Water and Aquatic Environments law of 30th December 2006 by bringing forward the date from which the vendor of a real estate property not connected to mains drainage is legally required to produce a report on the drainage installation to 1st January 2011. Previously, this obligation was due to come into effect on 1st January 2013.

Henceforth, all vendors of real estate property for residential use (or mixed use) not connected to mains drainage are subject to a legal obligation to produce a report certifying the proper functioning as well as the compliance of their drainage installation (septic tanks, all domestic waste septic tanks, cess pits).

 

The report, of which the cost is at the charge of the vendor, must be dated within 3 years of the date of signing the completion deed.

With regards to the surveyor, it appears that only communes (or inter-municipal authorities) via the intermediary of Non-Collective Drainage Public Services (SPANC) are competent.