Rights in France over damp and woodworm in new home

We bought a house in June. Prior to seeing it, I asked the owner and estate agent if there was damp or woodworm. They denied it and I have an email confirming it. They also denied any problem during visits. We had a survey done, which found woodworm in both lofts and a damp/condensation problem through poor ventilation. Had we known, we would not have bought the house. The owner failed to do a parasite survey as part of the diagnostics. The agent and notaire failed to mention this and said there was no need for a termite report in this area. I understand now that this particular diagnostic is a requirement. I am now considering going to an independent notaire. SW

Based on what you say, including the fact that you have an email where the agent and/or owner say there are no termites or damp and, notably, that no termite diagnostic was supplied when the home is in an area where this is required, we consider that you have legal grounds ...

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