Some of the surveys completed through the contract process – frenchpropertylaw.co.uk extract
If asbestos is found, the owners are required to inform the workers working on the property of its existence so that they wear the appropriate protective clothing and dispose of the rubbish appropriately. If the asbestos is found to be in poor condition however, the owner may be required to check its condition on a regular basis, or have an expert remove it within a period of three years. This will be mentioned in the report.
If you are purchasing a property in co-ownership, you should also request to see the asbestos report for the communal parts, which should be provided by the Managing Agent (Syndic). The asbestos report should always be attached to the contract since it provides important information for the Purchaser.
As part of the report, an expert will carry out a survey and take samples where appropriate. This report will state the presence, concentration and accessibility of lead. If it is found at a level reaching 1mg/cm3 or higher it is considered a positive reading. The lead report is valid for one year. This report will only cover surfaces and not pipes or other hidden material… If a particularly high level is found the expert may advise that the contaminated surfaces be covered or professionally stripped …If the property is co-owned the communal parts should have been checked and the information should be available from the Managing Agent. The Vendor must produce a copy of the lead report for the sale of the property to go ahead.