Obligatory property diagnosis, the objective of the electrical diagnosis is to make owners aware of potential weaknesses in the electrical installation. What steps to take in the event of a negative diagnosis? For more information

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Obligatory property diagnosis, the objective of the electrical diagnosis is to make owners aware of potential electrical risks in the home. In the event of a negative electrical diagnosis, the seller is not bound to carry out repairs. Explanation.

Electrical diagnosis, obligatory property diagnosis

The electrical diagnosis is one element of the obligatory property diagnosis. Since January 1st 2009 the electrical diagnosis has been added to the already long list for the Technical Diagnosis Dossier (DDT) that every seller must provide to the buyer when selling a property.
The electrical diagnosis must be carried out when the electrical installation of a property being sold was installed more than 15 years ago. The diagnosis is valid for three years and must be carried out by an approved professional. The cost varies from €110 to €350 depending on the size of the property.
The seller must give the electrical diagnosis to the buyer prior to signature of the authentic act, or the deeds. If this is not the case, the seller remains liable for any latent defects.

Electrical diagnosis: the objective

The key objective for the electrical diagnosis is to make owners aware of the dangers of a faulty electrical installation. According to the figures published by the National Observatory for Electrical Safety, 75,000 fires are caused every year in France by faulty electrical installations.
When carrying out the electrical diagnosis, the inspector notably checks the efficacy of the circuit breaker systems in the event of an electrical problem in the home (excess voltage or over-heating).

Electrical diagnosis, negative diagnosis

Although the seller is obliged to carry out the electrical diagnosis when selling a property, he or she is not bound to carry out repair work in the event of a negative diagnosis.
If the electrical diagnosis is negative, there are two options:

  • The seller carried out work to ensure that the electrical installation meets the standards required by the diagnosis
  • The buyer, due to the electrical risk in the property, asks for a reduction in the sale price. The buyer then decides whether to carry out the remedial work

Updated on: 02/07/2008

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