I'm sorry to bother you but I'm really struggling to know where to go from here.
We have put in an offer on a property in Aude. The offer stated quite explicitly that we wished to use a particular notaire (who speaks English and was highly recommended). All this was done via the estate agent as we had no contact details for the owners (who lived in Paris). The offer was accepted and the estate agent said she would tell the vendors about our wishes re the notaire we wanted to use. We assumed all was going to plan and heard no more about the notaire. Once our mortgage was agreed we sent in the offer (as they had requested) and received a Compromis de Vente. This was a slight surprise as it was from a different notaire and we had not been consulted or informed about their appointment. We immediately reminded the estate agent that we had wanted a different notaire and were told that we could appoint our own if we wanted but it was a bad idea as it would cost more and take much longer. We said that we wanted to do that anyway as we had been advised it was wiser by a number of people and duly contacted the notaire ourselves, who agreed to act for us. After a week or so, he now tells us that he cannot act for us as the other notaire has progressed too far into the sale process due to “deontological rules”??!!
This seems really unfair. Surely the vendor cannot simply ignore our wishes and dictate who we must use to represent our interests? Everyone that we have spoken to (with the exception of the vendor’s agent) has strongly recommended that we appoint our own notaire, and said that it is the buyers prerogative to appoint the notaire. Can the vendor overrule this without consulting us? Is there anything we can do to change this as we need an English speaking notaire? We really don’t trust either the estate agent or the independence of the notaire as the estate agent has already tried to pull a few “fast ones” on us and the notaire has sent us inspection reports that date back about five years in some cases. Isn’t it her job to make sure all the inspections are in order? I would really appreciate any advice you can offer as I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed by all this and don’t really know where to go next. Many thanks and sorry to be a “moaning Myrtle”!