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Long and vertical cracks are present on some walls of an apartment on the top floor of a 1965 building and put on sale. The ECD diagnosis is not yet available. Can these cracks be due to a modification of the apartment below? In case of slump of the floor, is the buyer covered? How to protect against possible problems related to these cracks?

When describing the situation, it seems important, before signing any sales agreement, to mandate a professional (architect, concrete engineer, company, etc.) able to diagnose the causes of these cracks.
Note that it is not the Energy Performance Diagnosis (EPD) that allows to be informed on this subject, but it must be presented before the signing of the compromise or the promise of sale. Moreover, if the signature takes place at a notary (which I still advocate), it will not agree to establish the act without the DPE.
Then we buy real estate "as is". Except to demonstrate that it is a hidden defect, it will be very difficult to obtain any compensation in case of subsequent disorders.

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