In France what is meant by a LRAR?

When you are buying or selling a French property you may be requested by your French real estate agency, French bank or French notary to send a document LRAR.

LRAR means in French ‘Lettre recommandée avec avis de reception’ which means a recommended letter that is signed for by the receiver. When you pay to send a letter by LRAR you will receive back in the mail the notice showing it was signed for.

In France LRAR’s are used particularly to cancel a contract. For example, after you have signed a compromis de vente and you decide to cancel the contract you need to send a notice to your notary via LRAR.