Twists And Turns, Tools And Tottie!

13 Sep

Tom and I thoroughly enjoyed our recent six days spent at ‘the pile’ in the Auvergne, despite the fact that our house is not our home and five of the days were filled with hard work!

Currently, the menfolk and I are living in the Haute-Vienne (87) in the Limousin. I have to say it is the wettest, most humid region of France, in our experience. Tom and I are both asthmatic and high humidity is our worst enemy, it’s even more problematic for us than our various allergies – and, we do have more than a few allergies between us!

However, the lovely lady, Kay, who has provided us with a roof and all home comforts in the Haute-Vienne throughout the past year, has been a true benefactor and we will forever be grateful to her. Kay, if you’re reading this, thank you from the four of us for being a pure diamond of the very highest value.

During those first five days in the Auvergne, Tom completed the repacking of all the tools that he and Paul brought with them from the UK when we moved to France in 2007. I recalled how excited and – surprisingly – organised they were when they initially unpacked all the tools and placed them in regimental array in the two sheds at the back of ‘the pile’. They were like two kids opening Christmas presents!

Whilst Tom packed downstairs, I continued to repack the possessions we had unpacked for use between moving into the house and moving back out when the sanitation failed and the electrical wiring gave us a flashing warning. By then, we had been legally advised by our first avocat that we must not make any changes or repairs to the property, due to our vice caché lawsuit.

Unfortunately, I was repacking on the bottom deck, ie in the ground floor shop area, but I was having to shift our possessions from the top deck, 5 flights up, where we had originally stored all the (still) packed boxes and the possessions we had unpacked to use. Nightmare! I will be 64 years old next month and I felt as though I was closer to 84 years old! My poor old ticker was in a right old state by the end of each day! By golly, Monsieur le Docteur, those wonderful beta blockers certainly earned their keep during those five, very huffy puffy days!

However, we completed our tasks in time to enjoy a wonderful sixth day traversing La Chaine des Puys d’Auvergne to lunch with great friends at Le Bar St. Thomas in St-Genès-la-Tourette.

Check out La Chaine des Puys d’Auvergne here, the scenery is truly amazing, it is embedded in our minds and hearts and the reason why, in a few immortal words, “We’ll be back.”! –

You can also check out Le Bar St. Thomas, here –

Hi, Pat and John! Great food, super atmosphere, simply the best of everything.

Well, it’s good to share!

The lunch party was organised by ‘our Tottie’, friend to all who attended – you know who you all are, wonderful company, friendships made to last a lifetime.

But, all too soon, we needed to be heading back to Limousin humidity and another very important task! Accordingly with French law, before we can publicly place ‘the pile’ on the market, we must offer first refusal to Monsieur C.

Here’s how that commences, I have also posted this little gem on HIFF (Hobos In France Forum) and in the Hobos In France Facebook Group –

“The following information has very recently been confirmed to my family and me by a French notaire:

Before we can place our property on the market we must first invite our locataire (tenant) to purchase the property. This right is his because his lease agreement states that his apartment, located within the property, is unfurnished. A tenant with a furnished apartment in the property would not have this same right of first refusal.

Our offer to the tenant must be handed to him by the local hussier (Court Bailiff) and the tenant then has two months to accept or reject our offer. The two months period is extended to four months if the tenant needs to secure a mortgage.

If the tenant rejects our offer on grounds that he considers our asking price to be excessive, we must not proceed with selling our property to any other interested party. We must wait until the tenant either proves his case against the asking price or withdraws his objection and accepts or refuses our offer.

If the tenant initially rejects our offer but changes his mind if we accept a lower than original asking price offer from another party, we must return to the drawing-board with the tenant – the ball of first refusal returns to his court! The tenant then has a further month to confirm his interest or reject our offer. If he confirms his interest, he has two months to complete the transaction – four months if he requires a mortgage. If he again rejects our offer of first refusal, we can proceed with selling to another party – if there’s anyone left out there who might be interested!”

Twists and turns!


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6 responses to “Twists And Turns, Tools And Tottie!

  1. Perpetua

    September 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    You couldn’t make up the mindless intricacies of the French legal system if you tried! I’m glad you have somewhere to stay and wish you all the best for the dale of your property.

    • hobosinfrance

      October 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Long time no reply, for which I offer my sincere apologies – today’s post contains the reasons and yet another chapter to the saga! Thank you so much for bearing with me and for your much appreciated support. Hope all is well at your end? C & menfolk xx

  2. Sarah

    September 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I wonder if the original owners went through all that palaver! Good luck with the sale, anyway.

    • hobosinfrance

      October 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      No, Sarah, our fraudulent sellers certainly didn’t follow the laws laid down by their own country under the gaze of Napoleon a couple of centuries ago! That fact was the initiating irritation for Monsieur C and our 6 years of hobo lifestyle! Amazing, isn’t it, it has taken 6 years for us to winkle out the cause of Monsieur C’s deep unhappiness, the reason why he took a stand against us in 2007, in real terms. Bet he offers us peanuts for the house, if he makes an offer! C xx

  3. Helen Devries

    September 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Like Sarah, i have my doubts as to whether the previous owners respected this procedure.
    The best of luck.

    • hobosinfrance

      October 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      They didn’t, Helen, you’re spot on! That disregard for the laws of their own country started the ball rolling; the notaire failed to administrate properly and in accordance with the laws of the land; the Immobilier clearly joined forces with our fraudulent sellers and the incompetent (I’m being kind!) notaire. Inadvertently assisted by our first, totally incompetent avocat and the French judiciary, my menfolk and I were well and truly hung out to dry, weren’t we? If only Monsieur C had started a legal war with the sellers and the notaire in 2007 – but, he wasn’t stupid then and he’s not stupid now! He didn’t start a war in 2007 because he would have been footing the bill! As I have said to Sarah, I reckon he will now offer us peanuts for the house, if he makes an offer! Watch this space! C xx


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