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Re: Fosse septique - we are at an impasse

May I just add a thought? My experience after 20 years in France is that real property bargains are usually snapped up by the locals or via the locals. My neighbour’s place was on the market for a week and she got the asking price. Even had viewings before it was available thanks to the village bush telegraph.
Which begs the question, why has the house you are interested in not been snapped up? Price or otherwise?
Ticking over, just about.
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Re: Fosse septique - we are at an impasse

 Patf wrote:
Like L'Oiseau we sold our french house last year, with an old nonconforming fosse. But which had worked fine for us all the time we were there.
"I suspect my (French) buyers, sensibly, will do nothing about replacing it until they are absolutely compelled to."
Same here.
But to the OP, yours sounds a bit more complicated. Especially the location of the fosse.
You need to weigh up the costs. If you like the place so much, that means a lot.
I guess a new fosse septique costs about 10,000 euro to install.


Depends on what's required, Pat.  Our old house needed a pump (we had the best, Flyght) and yards and yards of piping.  I think it cost us 11 000 euros in 2007.  I don't think you could install a similar for that price these days.

OTOH, the soil test mentioned by the OP was only about 170 euros and not the hundreds he's been quoted.

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Re: Fosse septique - we are at an impasse

Interestingly, a French friend has just sold her house to a Parisien family who intend to use it as a holiday home.

This is interesting because she had agreed a sale previously to the daughter and son in law of a mutual British friend. They subsequently pulled out of the sale, having knocked her down quite a bit on the price. The reason was that the fosse had been deemed inadequate. This in turn was purely because she's created two extra bedrooms in the roof space, and it was deemed that the fosse was thus too small. I have it on good authority that the Brits were secretly hoping she'd find it hard to sell the house and that at some future date they could come back with an even lower offer and secure the house.

Since then, she has had two offers, both from French buyers, and both at a much higher price. She has accepted one and signed the compromis.

It's a funny old world.


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Re: Fosse septique - we are at an impasse

French radio reports today say that property prices are on the rise.
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Re: Fosse septique - we are at an impasse

Thanks all.

Yes I know about the cold. I’m from the north west. We also know what it’s like not to have local shops. We live rurally now.

You are right that every rural property in France will have a non conformity septic, I did smile at being told not to buy a house with a fosse. A town house is not for us.

Good advice to offer the asking price if they sort out the issue, I might try that!

Otherwise we’ll just move on and let another family move in. Lucky sods!

Thanks for the welcome, nice to be here!
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Re: Fosse septique - we are at an impasse

I know several people in the U.K. with septic tanks, and they barely know where they are located! No official has ever been to check them.
But these days the French seem obsessed with finding fault with them. Must make a nice lot of work for the installers...
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Re: Fosse septique - we are at an impasse

"I did smile at being told not to buy a house with a fosse. A town house is not for us"

When we lived rural, our house was connected to mains sewage. My OH's family house (very very rural) is connected to the mains sewage as well....or 'tout a l'egout' as they say.

We live in town now and our neighbours who built a brand new 1 million pound pad on the land opposite us and they have a fosse yet there is mains sewage on the street. Even in town sometimes you need a fosse.

A house 'tout a l'egout' will be easier to sell.

If you ever move rurally to France permanently, you will have to oneday move in town. The question is, can you sell the property to do so ? That is the second rule when buying a house in France. Make sure you can sell it.

With regards to the house, and the fact you like it so much, go and find a specialist so at least you have a definitive answer. I appreciate that is very hard to do in France.

If you give us the location the house we can google some options you.
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Re: Fosse septique - we are at an impasse

Don't know the lay of the property, but if the paddock is just across the road, and down hill, could you put the fosse in there? Have seen a fosse installed some 15 meters away from the main house on the same land.
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