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Sale of squatted real estate
In France, all real estate sales are subject to the notary’s scrutiny. The procedure for the purchase of squatted real estate is the same as that for the purchase of any other property.
As a public officer, the notary ensures the proper execution of the contract and confers on it the necessary legal certainty, apart from confidentiality. He/she collects documents in advance and thereby avoids subsequent challenges as far as possible.
In addition, the notary guarantees the preservation of the title deed by retaining it in his/her practice for 75 years. After this period, they are preserved in the national archives.
In complex cases encountered by Squat Solutions, the notary is a privileged interlocutor as he is the holder of all the information essential to the purchase of the squatted property.