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Re: Back to reality

I'm in England, husband arrives Monday PG. But we're virtually in limbo.
While in France we always thought we could depend on our small house in England for our return. And the rent has been very useful. But after the 2 months notice the tenants are refusing to move out. So we're living in temporary accommodation, moving from one place to another. And it's expensive. We're applying for an eviction notice which makes things very unpleasant. Husband offered to pay their removal expenses, agent found them another place,but no, they don't want to move.
As the saying goes " The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft a-gley".
In my more gloomy moods I think this is Fate's payback for our relatively stable years in France.

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Re: Back to reality

PatF, I'm sorry to read this.  I know that a similar problem can happen in Germany (I have a friend who had that problem too), but I didn't realise it could be the case in the UK also.   Good luck, but what a pain!


Judith
ex W1, via 47 and 11 and now [just] in 34, equidistant from Carcassonne, Narbonne and Béziers, where I hope we'll finally stay!!

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Re: Back to reality

We were in France for nearly 30 years when we moved back.

Did we have a culture shock............no we didn't.


So much had changed in France whilst I was there, that I simply expected the UK to have changed too, how could it not have done???????


Am I in agreement with UK friends about so much that they take as normal these days, no, as I was not with french friends, and yet some french stuff has more than rubbed off on me. So I often find myself mid channel, but I am perfectly fine with that and accept that my views are mine and je m'en fiche what others think about them. And some things here are not good these days, at all. But hey ho, some are very good.

And our outgoings here are far less than in France. And we can afford artisans here, people to come in to do jobs at prices we can afford, which, as we are now retired and for all we still do lots ourselves, is a great help.

Social life better too, beer is often, even usually, below £2 a pint around here, and sometimes only about £1.50, so OH is quite happy about that. And strangely we have found some good restaurants, which was a VERY hard thing to do where we lived in France.

And with this brexit lark, IF we move back to France because of our circumstances, then I would expect it to have changed. And would be perfectly OK with that too. Which seems that I am just the way I am with regards to all this.


And the weather.......... well you can stick hot summers, I had nearly thirty years of them, and the thought them let alone a heat wave fills me with dread.

My skin has been damaged and my hands look like a 90 year olds. I have to keep a careful eye on all the damage, wouldn't care, I NEVER sun bathed.

I am content with the weather where I live. It is what is referred to as glorious today, blue skies and sunny, and cold. Frankly we have not had that much rain here on the east coast, at least not 'here' precisely. We have had bad winters and some good summers since I have been back, although as I said, I do not give a fig about good summers.


Sorry about your locataires Patf, good luck with them.

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Re: Back to reality

What rotten luck, Pat. A niece had a similar problem when she returned to London and gave her tenant notice. It took a long time to get a court order and ended up costing a lot, as when the tenant eventually moved out the whole flat was in a terrible state - filthy, with a lot of damage.

Fingers crossed that it doesn’t take too long to evict your tenants. Bon courage!


Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.


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What access can you get to the house at present, for the purposes of checking the need for maintenance etc? If so, take photos everywhere in case the tenants either steal or trash your property, so they can be sued. Just being cautious.
Ticking over, just about.
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Re: Back to reality

 Gardengirl wrote:
What rotten luck, Pat. A niece had a similar problem when she returned to London and gave her tenant notice. It took a long time to get a court order and ended up costing a lot, as when the tenant eventually moved out the whole flat was in a terrible state - filthy, with a lot of damage. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t take too long to evict your tenants. Bon courage!


Likewise with my German friend.  Can only hope it turns out OK for you, it is amazing, how, just when you thought it could only get better, it doesn't.  All your friends are routing for you, even if there's not a lot we can do buy cheer you up!

Judith
ex W1, via 47 and 11 and now [just] in 34, equidistant from Carcassonne, Narbonne and Béziers, where I hope we'll finally stay!!

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Re: Back to reality

Oh Pat, what a lot of worry for you and your poor husband!  This must be the very last thing you need on your move back.

I hope this is sorted out soon and that all will be well and you can truly settle down again.

Bon courage!

Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
from Fle pour les curieux
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Wooly - We've been advised not to try to go into the the house just now.
These tenants have been very good - paid rent on time (with help from the 'social'), kept the place clean and tidy for 4years+. In fact all 4 lots of tenants (all immigrants) since we left have been trouble-free .
Another culture shock today - we went shopping in the huge Tesco and M&S in Camberley - the massive size of the stores, and choice of goods, was overwhelming! The upstairs cafe in Tesco sells 'breakfast' all day. Big plates of bacon eggs tomatoes beans fried bread . Enough for 3 meals for me. A small coffee is 3 times of the normal expresso in France.
There's still a lot of money about in some parts of the UK.

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