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PROPERTY GLOSSARY

Abri -
Acceuil -
Acompte -

A shed or lean-to - a small outbuilding - From the French for Shelter
Reception area - from the French for Welcome
Deposit

Acte de Vente -

Deed of Sale . This can take place anything from 2 to 4 months after signature of the Compromis de Vente, you must sign this Acte de Vente. Drafted by the notaire and signed at his/her office, this sets out the status of the owner and a definitive description of the property, its boundaries and so on. Upon signature of the Acte de Vente, the buyer pays the legal fees to the notaire with the balance of the purchase price. The vendor usually pays the agency's commission. If this is not the case, it must be made clear to the buyer from the beginning.

Agence Immobilière -
Agent Immobilier -
Agglomere -
Aménagée -
A aménager -
Ardoise -
Atelier -
Attenant -

Estate agent's office
The estate agent (person)
Chipboard
Converted or fitted
To convert
Slate tile
Workshop or factory
Attached as in attached garage or land

Attestation d'acquisition -

Written certificate from the Notaire sent to you after to state the sale is completed

Batiment -
Batir -
Bergerie -

Building
To build
Sheep farm or manger

Bon de visite -

Form signed by prospective buyer before viewing a house with a French immobilier to prevent you sunsequently buying it through another agent or privately

Bricolage -
Cadastre -
Carreleur -
Carte de Séjour -
Cellier -
Certificat d'Urbanisme -
Chambre -
Charpentier -
Chauffage -
Chauffage Central -

DIY
Local town planning register
Tiler
Resident's permit, obtained from the Préfecture of the department
Pantry or store
Land use certificate
Bedroom
Carpenter
Heating
Central heating

Conditions Suspensives  -
Or Clause Suspensive -

Subject-To Clauses. Contained in a preliminary contract (unilateral commitment to sell or compromise), those suspend the execution of the contract to the occurence of an event. The contract will take all effect only when the event envisaged is carried out. For example, condition precedent of obtaining a loan, a permit building... To be valid, a condition precedent should not depend on the chance or only will on a part.

Combles -

Attic

Compromis de Vente -

A promise to purchase . A preliminary contract signed by the salesman and the purchaser of a real estate either under private signature, or in front of a professional. The compromis De Vente engages the two parties and the purchaser pays a deposit (in general 10% of the selling price) during the establishment of this act.

Couverture -
Cuisine -
Cuisine Equipée -
Devis -
Expert Comptable -
FNAIM -
Fosse Septique -

Can be a blanket but when relating to property it means the roof
Kitchen
Fitted kitchen
Estimate for work
chartered accountant
Federation Nationale des Agents Immobilier
septic tank

Frais de Notaire -

Total amount of money paid to the notaire on top of the sale price (includes, notaire fees, registration duty, land registration duty and other charges)

Fuelle (pronouced 'Fule') -
Garage Attenant -
Grange -
Grenier -

Heating oil
Garage attached to the house
Barn
Attic

Hameau -

Hamlet or small village - usually with no shops

Hectare -

A hectare is 10,000 m² [107639 ft²] or 100 X 100 meters
- 1000 m²
[10764 ft²] is approx. of an acre - an acre being approx. 4000 m² [43056 ft²]
(to be precise, an acre is 4,046.95 m²)
As a guide to property sizes the average 3 bedroomed semi-detached property
in the
UK is 100 m² [1076 ft²].

Hypothèque -

A Mortgage. The 'Hypothèque' is used to guarantee the payment of a debt contracted on a real estate. It makes it possible for the lender to legally sell the real estate of its debtor if this one would have no possibility to refund the sums due.

Immobilier -
Impot -
Lu et approuvé -
Maçon -
Maison de plain-pied -
Maison de Maitre -
Maison des Amis -
Mairie -
Mandat -
Menuiserie -
Meubles -

Property or real estate agent
Tax
Phrases written accompanying signature of contract "read and approved"
Mason - builder
House on one level or Bungalow
More formal, grander style of house
Anything from an outbuilding to a separate apartment or cottage - Literal: Friend's House
Town hall
See bon de visite
Joinery
Furniture

Notaire -

Solicitor . When deciding to purchase a property, you will inevitably be using the services of a French Estate Agent (Agent Immobiler) and a Notaire. The Notaire can, and usually dooes act on behalf of both the buyer and the vendor. He or she is a public official who ensures that the transaction is carried out legally and accurately. There is therefore no need for each party to appoint a separate notaire. The notaire does not give legal advice. The Notaire's fees are not usually included in the property price that you get from the Estate Agent. The Notaire's fees, together with Land Registry charges, local and regional taxes, VAT etc. are approximately 7 to 8% of the purchase price of the property.

Parpaing -
Permis de Construire -
Plan Cadastral -
Plomberie -
Plombier -
Remise -
Salle de Bain -
salle d'eau -
Salon -
Salle a Manger -
Séjour -
Sous Sol -

Rendered Block
Planning permission
The town plan showing properties and parcelles of land
Plumbing
Plumber
Barn or shed or external storage - from the French to Put Away
Bathroom
Shower room
Lounge
Dining room
Living room or lounge
Cellar or basement

Société Civile Immobilière (SCI)-

 
Acompany which can be set up exclusively to purchase property

Surface Habitable -
Surface Terrain -

Habitable space, usually excludes bathrooms and garage - shown in square metres (m²)
Land size

Taxe d'Habitation -

A local tax, partly means-tested, payable only from the December of the year in which you were the owner. Due on the 1st January in advance

Taxe Foncière -

A government tax on property, payable pro-rata from date of completion to the end of December

Toiture -
TVA (Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée) -
Vidange Curage -

Roof
 
French VAT
Fosse septique emptying & treatment

Tontine (en)-

Inheritance arrangement whereby the surviving spouse takes full ownership of joint assets

Traducteur Agrée -

Translator (official) - any documents in English will need to be translated into French by an official translator

 

 a

acquereur

purchaser

 

 

accompte

a percentage of the price paid in advance

 

 

acte authentique

legal contract drawn up by a notaire or a public officer

 

 

acte de substitution

written agreement substituting one purchaser or lessee for another

 

 

acte sous-seing privé

written agreement  (pre-sale agreement to the Acte Authentique)

 

 

acte de vente

transfer or conveyance of land

 

 

affirmation de sincerite

clause staing that the price declared is accurate.

 

 

agence immobilière

estate agency

 

 

agent immobilier

estate agent

 

 

amiante

asbestos

 

 

arrhes

sum paid in advance by purchaser or lessee

 

 

assurance

insurance

 

 

attestation d'acquisition

notarial certificate of purchase

 

 

attestation pararsitaire

 insect infestation report

 

 


b

bail

lease

 

 

banque de consignation

the bank used by a notaire for the depost of money

 

 

bon pour achat

good for purchase

 

 

bon pour vente

good for sale

 

 


c

cadastre

 registry

 

 

carte professionnelle

estate agents card

 

 

carte de séjour

residence permit

 

 

certificat d'urbanisme

certificate of zoning (local authority search)

 

 

certification d'identite

identity document

 

 

clause pénale

penalty clause

 

 

compromis de vente

contract of sale or purchase of land

 

 

condition suspensive

clause in the contract which is conditional on certain terms being obtained

 

 

constructible

land designated for construction under local planning

 

 

co-propriété

co-ownership

 

 


d

delai de reflexion

the period within which you may withdraw

 

 

dépôt garantie

deposit

 

 

designation

 

 

 

droit de préemption

right of pre-emption


e

EDF

electricity department of France

 

 

enregistrement

the registration of ownership

 

 

états des lieux

description or schedule of the condition of the premises

 

 

expert comptable

chartered accountant

 

 

expert foncier

an agreed professional such as an architect who may report of the value or condition of a property

 

 


f

frais d'agence

agency fees or commission

 

 

frais de notaire

notaires fees

 

 


g

 

géomètre

surveyor

 

 

GDF

gas department of France

 

 


h

HT

hors tax - without tax

 

 

hussier de justice

bailiff

 

 

hypothèque

 mortgage

 

 


l

location

rental

 

 

loi scrivener

french law protecting borrowers from French lenders and sellers on French property purchases in all cases other than a purchase on plan

 

 

lu et approuve

read and approved


m

maire

the mayor

 

 

mairie

the village or town hall

 

 

mandat de recherche

a private agreement giving an estate agent power to search for a property

 

 

mandat simple de vente

simple mandate without exclusivity

 

 

mandat de vente avec exclusivité

mandate to sell a property with exclusivity

 

 

marchand de biens

a realtor who deals in property themselves

 

 

monuments historiques

listed building


n

notaire

the notary


o

 

 

occupation

occupant of the premises

 

 

offre d'achat

offer to purchase aproperty - this is not a binding contract

 

 

offre de vente

an offer to sell a property - this is not a binding contract

 

 


p

permis de conduire

driving licence

 

 

permis de construire

planning permission

plan de financement

project of financing or mortgage

 

 

plomb

lead

 

 

plus-value

capital gains on the sale of the property

 

 

prélèvement

debit order


r

regime matrimoniaux

matrimonial regime i.e. whether married in contract or not

 

 

resiliation

cancellation

 

 


s

SAFER

this is a governmental organisation which governs proper usage of agricultural land.  They are able to pre-empt certain sales

 

 

saturnisme

 

 

 

securite social

this is the French national health system

 

 

servitudes

rights of way

 

 

societe

a registered company


t

TTC

all taxes (including sales tax or vat) included

 

 

TVA

value added tax

 

 

taxe d'habitation

local rates on property occupation

 

 

taxe fonciere

local tax on the property ownership

 

 

termites

white ants

 

 

testament

will

 

 

timbres fiscal

revenue stamps - certain official documents require these

 

 

tontine

joint ownership

 

 


u

usufruitier

right of usage of the property


v

vendeur

seller

 

 

vente

sale