I see where Mary is coming from with this. It may all be perfectly legal but would you want to potentially dive into a hornet’s nest of problems? Surely you want to feel totally at ease in your new home?
Thank you all for your replies. We are awaiting the full file on the property from the agent.
We do have to consider the emotional side of things especially as we are launching a business within the main property and we have to be mindful of the backlash if we have to oblige to the current vendors promise.
Hopefully we will see evidence that the current Caretaker understands that she has to leave the property based on the sale.
We have spent several years in our hunt for the perfect Chateau and we now face a potential deal breaker.
If you are so struck by the property and really have to have it then ask yourselves if you really need her cottage too? and does it have to be now? (could there be time later to negotiate with her)? Or allow her to stay but charge her rent? and she could even become an asset to you. You may have spent years trying to find the right place but remember that you probably need a very thick skin to live within a community that does not want accept you or is hostile to you for having created problems for this lady. Better to walk away than walk into a miserable life.
We none of us know the situation or how it will play out. Personally I think that there could be bad feeling locally even if everything is done legally and above board, there may not be ,but it is worth considering
I would walk away, take the previous members advise, if you can’t walk away go to an independent Notaire, not the Estate agent.
There are lots of wonderful vacant properties in France don’t get into a legal battle, this is France there are so many " lambs taken to the cleaners " here unfortunately