My wife and I have just returned to our house in France after a 3 month lockdown in the UK, we called in to see our French neighbours as we had no water supply to the house. They call SUEZ for us as they had recently had a new stop cock installed at their property which turned out to be the problem, whilst we were there the wife said that they had an invoice for us and quickly slipped us a bill for 3200 euros for work they had carried out on a shared (only between the two families) lane to both properties. The work appeared to be for lopping branches from trees along the lane, removing leaves from the ditches beside it and also putting down an amount of new gravel where winter rainfall had washed it away.
My wife and I were taken aback at the sums involved, €6400 in total split 2 ways but a large amount of the bill was for his labour costs as he had itemised the hours he had spent carrying out each task. My question is, am I obliged to pay him for this work or should he have discussed it with us before going ahead?.
They only moved in 2 years ago and are in the process of converting a large portion of their land to incorporate 5 gites and we wondered if this is why he has begun smartening up the lane just to accommodate their future guests.
Thanks for looking, David.