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Letting agent who won't pay up

Posted by Wordzz - Created: 6 years ago
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Posted by seascape-318609 - 5 years ago

Hey there

Do you have the name of that lawer? I hired one recently and he charged me 1500 for one or two miserable letters.

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Posted by blaheen-314772 - 6 years ago

Have you proof of this rental? have you copies of the contract/s. If you don't possess these, the agency can and WOULD deny all knowledge. The same has happened to me. Get a good Brief who specialists in this subject. Report them to FNAIM. Google it !! Keep all emails, letters etc and if sending letters send by recorded delivery and with emails ask for a receipt. What you need is for your Brief to apply to the Judge to cease all the relevant information/documentation reference the rental of your apartment for the year concerned.

If they deny any rentals, edf, veolia and phone may have their details. Brief can apply for these.

Best of luck.

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Posted by Wordzz - 6 years ago

Thanks a million for all the replies, guys - and for the support! The message is clear - I need to put my bulldog hat on! I'll let you know how I get on!

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Posted by Lotsi - 6 years ago

Get on a plane and march into their office unannounced. I presume they are also holding a set of keys. Refuse to leave until you have a cheque & keys in your hand !
I know it sounds aggressive and we Brits aren't always very confrontational but it usually works !

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Posted by les lucioles - 6 years ago

Although I understand that going to a lawyer might seem a bit drastic, it might help clear things up. I had issues with a builder once (who hasn't?), and things turned quite nasty. I went to a lawyer, and all she had to do was write one letter to said builder. It showed him that I was considering taking things a lot further than he hoped, and it worked a charm. So, taking on a laywer doesn't have to mean long and costly courtcase. Can't remember what it cost me, I think 120 euros. For 6000 euros, it's certainly worth a try. Good luck!

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Posted by ChristopherL-188542 - 6 years ago

Would you consider employing a bounty hunter with experience of the procedures? i.e. on a no-win, no-pay basis at say 15%?

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Posted by emelia16-285362 - 6 years ago

Very sorry to hear about your hard time.....as suggested, I am afraid you are going to have to stand up to them and be very aggressive. The French are not good at dealing at that...all mouth and no trousers in my experience. They don't understand the Anglo Saxon approach ! Get on that plane !
One thing - I am looking for property to rent,can you email the name of the Immobilier, want to avoid them...
I wish you luck - keep us informed.

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Posted by J366 - 6 years ago

p.s. ...take all your relevant bank statements with you

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Posted by J366 - 6 years ago

Sadly, this sort of tale is all too commonly heard in the "glorious, glamourous" South of France. I'm no expert but in my view you should get on a plane asap and, without letting them know you're coming, you should turn up at the letting agency premises and demand the return of your keys and any other things relating to your apartment that are in their possession. Perhaps you should go directly to your flat and request that the tenants stop paying the agency forthwith and pay you instead. I don't know what sort of contract you have but in the contract there must be a clause stating that monies paid by the tenants go to you after agent commission etc...? They are therefore breaking the contract. As I say, I'm no expert, but in this part of the world it can often be a vipers' nest and I was consistently shocked and disbelieving when I first got here six years ago at the way individuals and businesses shamelessly ride roughshod over agreements, written or gentleman's. In any case, here I'm afraid in day-to-day life among the population there is no such thing as a gentleman's agreement I'm sorry to say...I have learnt the hard way and I am sure and certain that you will not make any headway unless you come here physically.
Good luck. You will have to be warlike and aggressive. Tell them you're a lawyer or that your father/brother/sister/mother is a lawyer and be very confrontational otherwise you won't get anywhere. In my experience being aggressive, extremely assertive and downright menacing is the only way that you can get them to back down over here. On a positive note, they quite often do back down when confronted with an angry, determined English/anglophone person as they don't quite know how to handle it culturally. The French in my view tend to hide behind a lot of unspoken etiquette and traditional methods of doing things and ways of reacting. Take advantage of that cultural weakness, as I see it, on their part and go for it! Again, good luck.