Brilliant! A Triple Whammy Red Letter Week!

08 Jun

On Wednesday this week, summer arrived in this tiny hamlet that nestles between the Haute Vienne (87) and the Creuse (23). By lunch time, the clear blue skies were twinned with wall-to-wall sunshine – and the temperature was already at 30°C, plus some! The end of winter 2012/2013 has been a long time coming. Result!

The post-lady arrived with Tom’s health cover Attestation. Despite the CPAM clerk insisting that Tom was required to have his translated birth certificate verified; Tom and our good friend, Kay, insisted that verification is not a legal requirement. Kay had accompanied Tom to the CPAM office in Bellac, she speaks fluent French, and they were armed with the details of the law that confirms no verification is necessary. Obviously, the CPAM assessment team took the facts on board. Result!

As Tom was opening his CPAM envelope, I was opening a hefty parcel with ‘European Court Of Human Rights’ clearly printed on the top, left hand corner. Yes, the parcel contained our house Case file. Result!

Well, each document is a copy of the original. That’s fine, the fact that the ECHR is still holding on to the originals indicates the Court is taking seriously our declaration that we are making formal application to the EUJ, Luxembourg, as we have been advised to do. I will finish checking through the contents of the parcel during this coming weekend and it will be sent to the EUJ on Monday morning.

All afternoon, the menfolk and I were grinning like the proverbial Cheshire Cat! Even the late afternoon appearance of rollicking, growling thunderstorms, clattering, battering hail and bucketing rain did not remove those wide smiles.

We felt and still feel a tad rejuvenated!

Our lovely friend, Cathy, who works and lives in Champagnac (15), just three doors away from our house that’s not a home, was absolutely correct, jumping up and down as her countrymen and women do has worked a treat! Thank you so much, Cathy, I only wish we had left British, stiff-upper-lip dignity behind and had taken up the French stance a few years ago. But, this is no time for regret, it is time to continue moving forward – it is, after all, our very last chance to obtain that elusive outcome that my menfolk and I set out to find six years ago, justice.

In the meantime, if the DWP International office staff members in Newcastle see their bureaucratic way forward to ensuring my (very late) pension is paid to me in full early next week, Tom and I will be en route to Champagnac next Sunday, 16 June 2013. We have a lot to do, re-packing and getting the property ready to sell.

It is very doubtful that Monsieur C will consider moving out of our ‘home’ (a loose term!), although, he has told us several times that he ‘…could move tomorrow. I have nothing against you and your family, I have a problem with Madame T and I want to see her found guilty of fraud.’ That just is not going to happen, Monsieur C, much is the pity. However, let’s see if you offer to quit our ‘home’ (that loose term again!) when we tell you face to face that Madame T will not be made to atone for the fraud she committed against us in July 2007.

Would anyone like to place a bet on whether or not Monsieur C will now quit our ‘home’ (that loose term yet again, so very boring!)? Buttons or matchsticks only, I’m afraid, the DWP has left me rather short of euros! Bless their little cotton socks, they must be trying to encourage us to save during these difficult times that are seemingly governed by austerity!

Oh la la!


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13 responses to “Brilliant! A Triple Whammy Red Letter Week!

  1. Cynthia farenden

    June 8, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I really hope this is the turning point for you Chrissie! Perhaps Monsieur C will see sense now, I hope so. Hugs Cynthia X

    • hobosinfrance

      June 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Cynthia, it’s good to e-see you, thank you for your support and encouragement. 🙂 We are not holding out much hope about Monsieur C’s intentions, to be honest. We feel that he might have moved out after the hairdresser was vanquished, knowing then that he was the sole obstruction to the property becoming our home at long last! But, Monsieur C has given no indication whatever that he is prepared to do the honourable thing and move. I wrote to him after we received the ECHR judgement and he (politely) replied, but he didn’t mention moving out, although, he was profusely sympathetic about the toll of our lifestyle on Tom’s health in recent years! I think I have become desensitised by Monsieur C’s part in the fraud – I really did not believe his sympathetic comments were genuine. How sad am I becoming, lol! C xx

  2. Pip

    June 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

    We too had a beautiful day yesterday but it turned back to chillier last night and the skies are grey again this morning.

    But your news has brought out my personal sunshine!

    Just for once it looks like 3 steps forward as opposed to the usual none or worse a few backwards.

    Sorry to say I hold out no hope for your sweet tenant going peacefully.

    We had a tenant in part of our house when we bought it. He refused to go despite all the correct procedures on our part when his tenancy was not continued. His excuse to the mayor and then the tribunal was that there was nowhere in the village for him to go.

    A year later after we had won the tribunal and after huissier delivered notice to quit and the threat of gendarmes arriving, he moved out. Where did he go?

    He went to a flat just 20 paces across from our front door in a house where for the last twenty odd years he had visited every morning for breakfast and he looked after their veggie plot!!!

    He knew only too well what his rights were and thought these new foreigners would not know that if he had managed to avoid eviction for another two years he would have been too old for us to have got him out. Thankfully, we had good advice and he was not at all popular in the village so we were not branded as incoming baddies.

    Just to cap it all, the day he finally moved out he took us to the cafe next door and bought us a glass of wine and hoped we would be happy neighbours!

    Hence my doubts about your little lodger going anytime soon.

    Nonetheless, my crossed fingers have eased a little but are not yet uncrossed.

    • hobosinfrance

      June 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Pip, thank you very much for sharing your experience of French locataire rights with us, spot on – ours already has that 100% protected status because he is 67 years old and was ‘placed’ in the property by the Social Services, mental health reasons. So, there’s not a Court in the world that can remove Monsieur C from ‘his home’! Furthermore, if Monsieur C pops his clogs, either of his two sons could take over his tenancy and the tenancy would remain 100% protected! Such is French tenancy law, ie Napoleonic law. Family and I haven’t yet met a French locataire who hasn’t been fully aware of his/her legal rights as a tenant, Monsieur C is no exception and one of his sons is an avocat, Monsieur C doesn’t even pay for legal advice or representation – he was very quick to tell us that 5+ years ago! So, all in all, Pip, I think you’re right, Monsieur C will not give up his comfortable home, where he’s paying just 117€ rent per calendar month for a spacious Studio Apartment with garage, shed, own loft space and own cellar space! The current monthly rental average for the same type of rental property in that area is 425€. I’ll eat my gardening bonnet, Pip, if Monsieur C moves out! 😀 xx

  3. Sophie Habberjam

    June 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Glad to hear you’re all smiling, and with good cause. Also glad Toms attestation has finally arrived. I hope things only continue to get better for you all…x

    • hobosinfrance

      June 9, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Hi Sophie, thank you very much for your continued support – family and I can’t wait to meet you ‘properly’ later this summer! 🙂 Yes, by golly, Tom’s Attestation certainly has been a long time appearing, we initially applied for him to ‘piggy-back’ on my cv well over 3 years ago! But, we haven’t waited as long as our good friend, Tottie Limejuice, she waited 5 years! French bureaucracy! C xx

  4. Perpetua

    June 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    It’s so good to read such a positive post from you, Chrissie. I know these are only small steps along the way, but at least they are all in the right direction this time. 🙂

    • hobosinfrance

      June 9, 2013 at 12:29 am

      A two-way street, I have just caught up with your latest blog post – it’s so good to see you back in blog world. Yes, small, but definitely firmly planted steps! Thank you for still being there for us, I know life has been busy to the point of hectic for you and yours, your support is truly appreciated. 🙂 C & menfolk xx

  5. Chris

    June 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Brilliant news, Chrissie, on both counts. 🙂 Oh, and if M. C. does move out I will bring some salt and pepper and a knife and fork for your gardening bonnet. 😉

    • hobosinfrance

      June 9, 2013 at 1:22 am

      ROFL! Dear Chris, I think we are destined not to meet those little piggies before they grow into massive porkers! However, if my gardening bonnet is destined for my digestive system, please, will you bake some of your wonderful choc cookies so that I can follow up with a much better tasting pud! 😉 Thank you, dear friend, for your constant support. C and menfolk xx

  6. Sarah

    June 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

    OMG, are we talking GOOD NEWS here? Brilliant, if a little surprising. Fingers crossed it continues!

  7. conseil juridique

    June 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Keep on writing, great job!

    • hobosinfrance

      June 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Hello conseil juridique, thank you very much for your encouraging comment! Although, I would think you might know far more about French law and Napoleonic Civil Codes than I have needed to learn about during the past six years! 😉 Warmest regards, Chrissie


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