Almost a year ago my wife and I a second viewing of a house near Agen. Fortunately it had rained the night before and it was very obvious that the roof leaked. We made an offer that took the roof and the "non-conforme" fosse into account that was accepted.
We instructed our own notaire (primarily because we have specific inheritence needs). We have still not completed.
Our first notaire stopped communicating with us.
The second notaire stopped communicating after writing in June to say that the SPANC had expired in March.
The vendor's notaire is not communicating with our third new notaire, and the mairie is declining to provide the necessary documentation.
The Immobilier has twice threatened to force us to complete. The first occasion was after expiry of the SPANC, and the vendor (who is currently in the Antipodes area) had only just provided his notaire with proxy. In the last fortnight he has threatened to put the house back on the market.
Once we have the house I intend to make formal complaints against my second notaire and the vendor's notaire. I would also like to make a complaint against the immobilier (he is registered and with FNAIM).
I would be very interested in other subscriber's experiences. For obvious reasons I have not identified any of the parties, only the area. I suspect that vendor's notaire and immobilier are working together, (as Sherlock Holmes would say after eliminating the obvious motives/agenda you are left with the seemingly improbable). All feed back would be useful, both as a aid to this particular case but to help others avoid the stress we have experienced over the last year and enable them to control their property purchase.