Can anyone provide me with some advice regarding my property in France.
The property used to be rented using an unofficial agent in France who arranged short term rentals for people looking for a place to stay while searching for a property to purchase.
At the end of our penultimate rental we got some work carried out by a local builder on the roof. The job wasn’t quite finished when I left so I asked him to return the key to the agent. This was never done.
We then visited about 3 weeks later, at the end of Dec 16, and found the builder living in the property (obviously using the non returned keys). We spoke to him and he said that he was intending to regularise the situation. At this stage I drew up a contract myself (stating it was subject to French law), for a 6 month rental, and asked him to sign it which he did. The agreement required him to give 1 months notice to cease the contract and me to provide 3 months notice. He also paid the deposit and the next 2 months rent. After this he was late with the rent, but was paying it. About 2.5 months ago he stopped responding to any phone calls or texts (he’s not on email), and stopped paying the rent.
Now I am not able to contact him. I have a concern about the validity of the Agreement that I produced. When I last visited the property c 2 months ago he was not there (working away), but had changed the locks. I have a concern about the property as there is woodworm in the bathroom which needs to dealt with. He said he would sort this, but I fear this has not been done. The woodworm issue still needs to be addressed before the whole property is infected.
We are going out to the area at the end of this month.
Does anyone have any suggestions what we can do?