Christian, I wonder if you could help us, we saw a house, put an offer in
that was accepted by the owners. At the time we had no idea it was a
liquidation sale and the agents kept on telling us the compromis de vente
was nearly ready, the manager was doing it, there was a slight delay for
three months as our lease nearly expired on our rental property...as the
days dragged on they eventually told us to go to a court in Angouleme with
a 10% deposit cheque and that was the first time the court made it known to
us it was a liquidation sale. they had all our particulars, our french bank
account details and the case went to court in 2 mins, allowing us to buy
the property. Our own notaire was befuddled but he received all the court
papers at the last moment and we signed and agreed to everything as we were
told and handed over the money.
The house diagnostics were not worth the paper they were written on, we had
to have new electrics, new plumbing and many other faults we were unaware
of. It has to be blunt cost us a small fortune, now we think they should
have told us it was a liquidation sale at the time we made our offer, if
not before. It would have made a difference to the amount we offered in the
first place, let alone the 7 months it took to complete.
If you could shed any light, I would be so grateful, only knowing our
rights would help.