Right, where were we? The Buyers had a retainer of 3 grand on their mortgage due to suspected damp. It's getting on for a month since this was announced and we promptly arranged for damp proofing guarantees to be forwarded to the relevant parties. Still, now, nothing is sorted! The surveyor who picked up on the damp (probably caused by the amount of rain the country had at the time and the leaky drainpipe) had been away on a course and is now "catching up".
We spoke to The Sellers earlier this week and agreed to start paying them monthly rent. They were lucky enough to own this house outright and so are losing almost £1,000 a month in interest on the money we owe them. The least we can do is pay them rent while we live in their house.
In a way we're better off in this situation as the rent we pay them is less than the mortgage payments will be. But then rent is "dead money" so we lose out in the long run. At least it puts off us having to pay damned Stamp Duty.
Despite this agreement with The Sellers we got a worrying letter this morning. It was from their solicitor to ours and forwarded to us by ours. The letter instructs our solicitors to get it sorted within two weeks. If not then they are instructed to cancel the chain and serve us notice to vacate. Needless to say, this got my heart racing a little.
Lucky for us that we are on really good terms with The Sellers and have their phone number in France. Not wanting to spend the whole day worrying I called them this morning. They are as shocked as we were. Apparently their solicitor gave them this course of action as an option but they outright refused it. What we think their solicitor is doing is using some shock tactics to get something done. Maybe not realising both ourselves and his client would find out.
Apparently in France people sell houses directly to each other. None of this bullshit is involved. Vive La France!