Two Down – Two, No, Three To Go!

25 Oct

We have received a very welcome message from our lovely friend, Kay. Kay is receiving our mail at her home in the Haute-Vienne while we’re in the Auvergne, pet/house sitting.

Before leaving Kay’s home just over a week ago, we asked her to open any mail that arrived for us from the overseeing bodies for notaires, avocats and Immobiliers, also from the Cantal Ombudsman. We also asked her to let us know the contents of any such letters via email or Facebook private message. Kay is English and she speaks, reads and writes fluent French, she is truly bi-lingual.

Immediately prior to leaving the Haute-Vienne for the Auvergne, Tom and I had received a swift response to our letter of complaints about our first and third avocats. We were advised by the French equivalent of the national Law Society to send copy of our complaints to the regional Law Society in Toulouse, the city where all three of our avocats are based. We followed that advice last Saturday, 19 October 2013.

This is a reproduction of the Facebook private message that we have received from Kay:

“Hi Chrissie

Good news!

As promised an important looking letter so I have opened it for you…

It is a letter from the Ordre des avocats at Toulouse Courts; a same day reply too and in French it says…

Toulouse le 21 Octobre 2013

Ref: GM678213(ML) Dossier No G 7934 AFF. BAXTER Me AB

Dear Sir and Madame

We acknowledge receipt of your letter dated the 7th October, received this day the 21st.

I am immediately interrogating both MA and AB and will be getting back to you.

Yours sincerely etc.


Hope things are now moving in the right direction for you all Love Kay”

I have removed both avocats’ full names, leaving initials only, the time to name and shame is still not here.

One day soon…………..!

So, the overseeing body for Cantal notaires is now investigating our complaints, and the regional overseeing body for Toulouse avocats is also investigating our complaints.

FNAIM (Immobiliers aka real estate agents) and the Cantal Ombudsman to go. Oh, and a decision to be made by our tenant, Monsieur C, regarding whether or not he wishes to buy the pile.Β 


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10 responses to “Two Down – Two, No, Three To Go!

  1. Tottie Limejuice

    October 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Fantastic news!!!

    • hobosinfrance

      October 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      πŸ™‚ Bless you, Tots, always there for us. As always, we’re not presuming or assuming, we’re older and so much wiser now than we were when we first arrived in France with our dreams. However, our diminishing hope is now flowering for the second time! That can’t be at all bad! Chrissie & menfolk xxxx

  2. Tracey Vincent

    October 26, 2013 at 10:22 am

    That is, indeed, wonderful news Chrissie. Wow! It would appear that there are at least some organizations in France that pull their fingers out and get on with the job. Excellent! Rest of France – take notice please!

    • hobosinfrance

      October 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      πŸ™‚ ROFL! We started down the same road as you, Tracey, absolutely thrilled, then, we looked again at the letter we received from the national Law Society in Paris. One of their comments is that our Case could be taken back to the Riom Cour d’Appel if the Toulouse regional Law Society finds in our favour against our first avocat, specifically. No, we would not have to pay legal fees, that bill would be paid by the two avocats who let us down so badly. However, if that happens, it could put us straight back into limbo, waiting for a further year to 18 months for an Appeal hearing date! So, we’re watching carefully! xxxx

  3. merewoman

    October 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Petit Γ  petit l’oiseau fait son nid. πŸ™‚

    • hobosinfrance

      October 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Lol, indeed it does, Susie. πŸ™‚ xxxx

  4. Pip

    October 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I particularly like the word investigating as it has a feel of something more serious than the sort of “I’ll have a chat with them” attitude of previous responses.
    I just wonder of the speed of the reply could indicate that the names mentioned are not a surprise to the powers that be.
    I don’t hold out much hope for the FNAIM if ever there seemed to be an old boy’s club it’s that lot.
    Can’t wait for the next chapter.

    • hobosinfrance

      October 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      As always, Pip, you are reading deeply into the response, as we did – after our initial ecstatic whoops of joy! If we have learned one important lesson from over 6 years of coping with French judiciary and their legal/bureaucratic ‘side-kicks’, it is that we really can’t afford to presume or assume. So, we are now back to normal – waiting and hoping, but certainly not counting our chooks before they hatch! πŸ˜‰ FNAIM are reputed to be a law unto themselves, hence, the reason why we also sent copies of all complaints (ref avocats, notaire and Immobilier) to the Cantal Ombudsman. If FNAIM is unresponsive, we will try once more, via the Ombudsman. If we still don’t make ripples appear in FNAIM’s bathwater, we will take that aspect to Le Monde, highly political French national newspaper that (according to an Immo friend in the know) just luuurves getting its teeth into real estate agents! πŸ™‚ xxxx

  5. Jean

    October 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Part of me can’t help thinking it’s just too good to be true, they’re just making the right noises.
    I can hardly wait for the next installment!

    • hobosinfrance

      October 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      πŸ˜€ Welcome to the world of this hobo family, Jean! You have written exactly what we think! Six years of so often believing we have made a breakthrough – time after time, we all now suffer greatly from chronic scepticism! Watch this space! Warmest regards, Chrissie & menfolk


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