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New Mandatory Surveys for Those Letting Property in France from July 1

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From July 1, two new property surveys pertaining to electricity and gas will be obligatory for those letting property in France. 

New property surveys – diagnostics in French – will become obligatory for landlords letting property in France from July 1, bringing them into line with requirements for selling. Tests for electricity and gas deficiencies will ensure tenants have their rights respected and landlords are protected from legal action in a worst case scenario.

The J-30 will cost between 150 and 200 euros and test for anomalies in a property’s electricity and gas systems, and will be valid for six years. Various organisations have praised the new move by the government.

“These diagnostics will ensure security [quality] of housing. If a major deficiency is detected, the landlord will not be allowed to put the property on the market without first undertaking renovation works” said David Rodrigues, lawyer for the CLCV, a consumer interest lobby.

The surveys will be testing for more than just faulty lights or inefficient boilers.”In the worst-case scenario, the risks of faulty utilities can be fatal to tenants, ” Stephane Prouzeau, of property surveyors Agenda France, points out.

These worst-case scenarios, including inefficient air ventilation that risks carbon monoxide poisoning, were observed in a large study carried out by Ex’Im, one of France’s largest property surveyors. They compiled results from 100,000 electricity surveys and 55,000 gas surveys. The most common problems detected by electricity surveys can be seen the graph below.

What the most common electricity deficiencies relate to (%)

Common problems with a property’s gas systems included lack of adequate air ventilation (one in three), which presents a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning which kills around a hundred French citizens each year, according to INPES, the Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé (health).

A majority – 59% – of gas systems had at least one anomaly, while one quarter had at least one faulty control valve. More frighteningly, over one in thirty (3.43%) were turned off immediately upon the survey because of significant risks presented to inhabitants.

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