Real estate: can you buy a property while the proceedings are pending?

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When buying a property, every owner must check whether there are any procedures in place. These relate in particular to co-ownership fees and can be of several types. A few of these procedures should be mentioned at the time of purchase.


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– Not all procedures involve high risks and some of them have only a small impact.

AND “in progress”, that’s an expression that can frighten many a future buyer. However, as the website points out Housing, nothing surprising in this wording, which mainly refers to co-owned housing. This statement, the nature of which may vary, indicates that by purchasing such accommodation the owner undertakes to participate Conversation and to it works common areas (facade, roof, greenery, common areas, etc.).

These requirements include in particular participation to the common budget of the real estate, which allows meeting the needs of the building administration, managed by the community of co-owners. This is what we call it condominium fees, which are calculated for each owner according to his shares (co-ownership share in the ownership of each of the co-owners, editor’s note). When these fees are not paid by the co-owners, there is that famous “proceedings in progress” mention, which can be of several types.

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Warning proceedings, judicial enforcement, for the state of deficiency… All these procedures must be mandatory mentioned. But, for example, proceedings on unpaid debt do not have this obligation. So “no progress” doesn’t mean absence procedures or problems within the property. On the contrary, mention of the procedure can be a good sign : what co-ownership does not allow conflict situations to persist.

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Future owners, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises, must collect and dated before the state, where all ongoing procedures are listed. A seller who has a procedure for unpaid debts must assume his debts, and if he cannot do so, the amount of those debts deducted sale prices. Finally, in the case of co-ownership, it is important to evaluate risks and ask your notary in particular for advice. Not all procedures involve high risks, and some only have one low incidence.

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