I lived in France for 4 years - i bought a small “maison de ville” and then moved back to the states. I kept the home thinking/hoping I would be back some time. Well I did allow a french friend to talk me into renting to a woman who after one year decided to move out, not before she gave the keys to her ex-husband who has lived there for 2 years - not paying (I would call him a squatter). I hired a lawyer who is working on getting this guy out - but it does not look good. He can’t be called a squatter since the divorce did not go thru until after he moved in. I never rented to him only to her, but the law says he has a right to be there since he was still her husband!!!
It seems I am just throwing money at the place so he has a place to live. I continue to pay the mortgage but have no right to stay there during my visits to france (twice a year).
Any suggestions? Should I just walk away from the place? i have heard horror stories from some friends that their parents (who are French) had the same problem and it took 8 years to get the people out. And after that the home was destroyed!