Hello All, I have been reading SFN articles for about 6 months and really enjoyed most of the posts. For the last 7 years I have owned an apartment in the old town of Nice. I used to work down there as a private chef in the villas and super yachts. I have a lady who works for the Estate agent who I bought the property through who looks after the long term rental of the property.
The property rented out really quickly and for almost 4 years I had good tenants who unfortunately had to move away for work. The property was rented out again to a family, the agent said that they were getting some financial help from the government to pay the rent but she thought it was okay so I went along with it. It all went okay for almost a year then the agent said the tenant was having difficulties the rent was paid intermittently then stopped all together. This is where the nightmare begins, for the last 2/3 years I have had no rent paid. Eventually we started proceedings to get the family removed but they knew how to play the system so they have been living rent free all this time. So the the agent sends me a message that I owe €2500 to the lawyers/bailiffs who managed to get them out. I asked about the property she says that she is going round to view it last Monday. Tuesday I get an email stating that the property had been left in a very, very bad state, bin loads of rubbish, rats, insects and graffiti all over the walls. One of the toilets is unusable, the bath blocked and the tenant has diverted the communal electricity supply of the building through the apartment as that has been cut off. I know this sounds like a bad joke but it is very real. I ring up a friend of mine ( painter and decorator) from the old days and ask him to go round. He rings me at 8:30 am next morning telling me it is as bad as the agent is saying he said he would do the whole place for €12,600.
So the advice I would like other than the one that I have been SO SO STUPID!!!!!!! I am left with a huge bill for the legal, another huge bill for the plumber and electrician (who knows how much) and then a whooping bill for the decor. I do not have any insurance to fall back on ( I know STUPIDITY again) Do I have any come back with the agents????? Can I get in touch with the prefecture and will they care???? I just don't think chasing the tenant will work they have gone but they still have no money or work. to make matters worse I am very busy at work here in England and cannot go over at the moment, so I am at the mercy of the agent. What is to be done....................?