This is not me but someone who now has a problem. Have a good read Hal.
We sold a renovated barn conversion, with a small cottage attached which was used as a Gite, nine months ago. Today we have received a legal letter that the new owners are complaining about humidity and leaking problems (it’s a 16th century barn, 100 year old cottage) and are accusing us of ‘painting the walls to hide the problem’ and asking for €39,000 to put this right. We totally refute this (we owned it for 20 years, lived in it for 11) but clearly need to respond and take legal advice. Can anyone recommend an appropriate advocat
This type of stupidity in the French system has always bugged me. It is an extension of the arrogance that exists here - the one and only thing that pees me off about the country.
I had similar when I sold someone a Mercedes SLK some years back. I bought it in Germany, nice car with the 'wood' finish inside, except for the steering wheel that I changed for a matching wood one then sold the original wheel as it had that stupid lane assist vibration option in it. Three years on, and the buyer twigged the car originally had the feature and arrived on my doorstep asking for a full refund waiving a forged CT certificate showing the car failed a CT test. The car was a complete mess, with dents all over and the wheels kerb rashed, the leather interior was torn and the roof mechanism was shot. I ripped the forged CT from his hand, threatened the dog on him unless he left and that was the last I saw of him
Post by annabellespapa on May 25, 2022 10:42:20 GMT 1
We sold an old fortified Farmhouse built in 1639 in October 2020 on the first week that viewings were allowed, the house had been on the market on and off for 5 years with no interest from French buyers, just foreign potential purchaser, as no-one had been in the property since pre-lockdown it was deemed Covid free, we had seven viewings in that week with the Estate Agent, all French (we were in the UK), had three offers, one just below the asking price which we accepted.
In January 2022 we received a letter laying out the defects in the property and outbuildings and explanations of how we attempted to disguise the numerous faults, one was leaving a door to a downstairs toilet shut to disguise rising damp in the wall behind the door (surely you would leave it open to get more air).
As we weren't even allowed in the country, we sold the house "sold as seen and with all the contents included" (plus all that Tatt that was in the barns etc), in the letter, they accused us of removing valuable property from the house and barns and replacing it with junk, we actually had never stepped into the house since October 2018.
We have sent the letter to the Estate Agent and she says just ignore it.