I’ll start by saying that I love France and it’s people. I’ve lived here for 16 years. We have bought two houses here and sold one, and each transaction was trouble-free and stress-free. Probably that’s the case with 95% of all property transactions.
Sometimes you hear of small hitches that crop up, which are generally resolved fairly easily.
Sometimes you might hear of things going wrong and taking time and money to resolve.
Sometimes you might hear of things going really, really badly wrong. But you probably haven’t heard many tales worse than what has happened to a decent couple who paid for and bought a house, and found they would never live in it. It’s a situation so outrageous, so unbelievable, that it takes your breath away.
This story is riddled, to use a cliché, with lies, incompetence, treachery, trickery, cruelty, indifference, impudence and theft. And astonishingly, the victims have managed to maintain, for the five years since they paid for the house that they are not allowed to live in, a sense of humour and love for this country, as well as a quiet determination to get justice, no matter how far they have to go, despite enduring almost unimaginable hardship.
I would really encourage you to read their story, which they are writing in the form of a blog: Hobos in France. Read About Us first, and then read their blog from the beginning. You will not believe what you read.