The Mauritian Civil Code, on which the real estate law is based, resembles in large part the French Civil Code. That is why the legal procedures and documents associated with a real estate transaction are almost the same. It is essential to call on a notary. It is he who ensures the transfer of ownership of the seller to the buyer. He is also responsible for registering the transaction, issuing the title to the property and guaranteeing the authenticity of the title. Notary fees include notarial and Government tax, which corresponds to approximately 6.15% of the purchase price of the property.