Law 99-471 of June 8, 1999 and decree 2000-613 of July 3 2000 aim at protecting the purchasers and owners of buildings against the damage caused to the wood by the termites.
The most important measure of this regulation is the delimitation of contaminated zones (list of the cities of Ile-de-France concerned). In these zones, 'the exemption clause of guarantee for latent defect provided in article 1643 of the civil code, if the latent defect consists in the presence of termites, can be stipulated only if a termites inspection report of the building is annexed to the notarial act establishing the sale. The termites inspection must be established in the last three months before the signature date of the notarial act.'
The termites inspection ('état du bâtiment relatif aux termites'), if it targets before all the termites, contains sections where the presence of other xylophagous insects (beetles, hesperophanes, lyctus, ...) or fungi can be mentioned.
We begin by visiting the place in the search of indices of termites
presence (tubes ...) or other xylophagous insects (which constitute the
principal cause of wood degradation in the areas where the termites are
Then, we inspect the building from the cellar to the attic.
The report that we provide follows the model provided in appendix of the decree of March 29, 2007.
Our impartiality is guaranteed by the law which prohibits us to maintain interests with companies realizing wood treatments.