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by alan
Wed 27 Mar 2019 16:56
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Glad that its been concluded and your sale has been allowed to go through but it does seem to me that treatment hasn't really been necessary and given that your buyers didn't want it anyway, the only winner here has been the contractor.

Alan
by alan
Fri 22 Feb 2019 21:47
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Hope your completion went OK.

Alan
by alan
Wed 13 Feb 2019 14:06
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Thank you, that's very helpful to know.
Alan
by alan
Wed 13 Feb 2019 09:54
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Sorry to read this. I presume Pami are spraying. In due course, and if you don't mind, I should be very pleased to know how much it all costs.

Alan
by alan
Fri 08 Feb 2019 19:14
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Great result!

Hope there are no more hitches and it's good you have a very pragmatic buyer (and notaire!).

Alan
by alan
Fri 08 Feb 2019 11:15
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Thanks for the reply. I would be very interested to know in due course what you decide to do.
Alan
by alan
Wed 06 Feb 2019 15:02
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

I have been looking into the question of termite treatment, also for a very small amount of damage. As I understand it, the "preferred" method involves using termite traps adjacent to the property (with an annual maintenance contract) instead of spraying. This seems well over the top for such a smal...
by alan
Wed 09 Jan 2019 13:00
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: EDF
Replies: 2
Views: 393

Re: EDF

In the past, we have also used this email address and corresponded in English:

Votre_Conseiller_EDF_edf@service-client.edf.fr
by alan
Mon 31 Dec 2018 19:42
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Taxe D'Habitation
Replies: 2
Views: 408

Re: Taxe D'Habitation

We are non-resident so I'm sure we shall have something to pay something but how do we pay it if we don't know what's due?

Alan
by alan
Mon 31 Dec 2018 14:06
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Taxe D'Habitation
Replies: 2
Views: 408

Taxe D'Habitation

Martyn has mentioned in a recent post that his centre des impôts has been on strike recently. Is this the reason perhaps why we haven't received our 2018 demand yet? We've sent an email but if they are on strike, I suppose we won't get a response. Is it safe to see what happens or do we need to do s...
by alan
Sun 09 Dec 2018 10:01
Forum: Travel
Topic: Forthcoming visit
Replies: 11
Views: 778

Re: Forthcoming visit

Dear Kate We have been enjoying pre-Christmas breaks in France for a number of years now returning home for the big event itself to be spent with children and grandchildren. We combine such visits to PV with a stop-over somewhere. In the run up to last Christmas we flew into and out of Carcassonne a...
by alan
Sat 08 Dec 2018 16:03
Forum: Travel
Topic: Forthcoming visit
Replies: 11
Views: 778

Re: Forthcoming visit

Thanks Martyn

It was really travelling from the airport to the train station that I was concerned about. The only problems I've seen with train travel is in relation to stations serving exclusively freight.

Are the restaurants in PV affected?

Alan
by alan
Sat 08 Dec 2018 14:35
Forum: Travel
Topic: Forthcoming visit
Replies: 11
Views: 778

Forthcoming visit

We have a visit planned to our second home in Port Vendres this coming week. We are flying into and out of Montpellier by Easyjet and travelling by train to and from PV having secured 1 euro trains in each direction. Travel between the airport and the station is by navette as there isn't a tram stat...
by alan
Sat 13 Oct 2018 13:28
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Termite traps
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Thanks Kate

Alan
by alan
Wed 10 Oct 2018 18:00
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Termite traps
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Termite traps

Does anyone have experience of using traps (containers with material soaked with a chemical and sunk into the ground adjacent to a property) supported by a periodic maintenance contract in order to deal with a termite problem? Helpful replies would be appreciated please together with recommendations...
by alan
Sun 09 Sep 2018 08:55
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Things to do in & around Collioure Sep '18
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Alternatively, you might try Le Train Rouge https://www.letrainrouge.fr/. This runs on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during your stay. The connections from and to Collioure are not great but you could leave Collioure by train at 7.52 and arrive in Rivesaltes at 8.27. Then at 10.00 take Le Tr...
by alan
Fri 07 Sep 2018 20:03
Forum: Airport Transport
Topic: Perpignan Airport <> Collioure Sept 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1068

I think it’s now ligne 6 and it now goes direct to Gare TGV - can anyone confirm? If I am reading the new timetable correctly on Saturday 22 September, there is a bus at 16.20 arriving at 16.51 but that seems to be cutting it very fine. The next bus is at 17.43 arriving at 18.14. On Saturday 29 Se...
by alan
Wed 19 Jul 2017 17:39
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 7033

I would always advise someone to avoid English intestacy rules which can produce some strange results. By making a will, you can choose your executors and unlike in France, you can generally choose who inherits.
by alan
Tue 18 Jul 2017 12:20
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 7033

I have been doing a bit more research. Just to recap, Steve is a widower who wants his children to inherit his French house and has been advised in France that a will is unnecessary because this happens anyway under French intestacy law. I think that the only reason to have a French will in such cir...
by alan
Sat 15 Jul 2017 15:08
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 7033

The register of wills in France is the fichier central des dispositions de dernières volontés
by alan
Thu 13 Jul 2017 20:33
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 7033

Martyn94 wrote:

“…you do have an English will, and unless it says something fancy (which doesn't seem to be so, though I'm guessing) it will apply to your worldwide assets,…â€￾

I’m afraid that this isn’t entirely correct. An English Will would not apply to a French home unless it does say, “something fancyâ€￾ in the light of something known as Brussels IV. Traditionally, there is a distinction between immovable property and movable property. Here is an extract from “Parker’s Modern Wills Precedentsâ€￾ (though not the most recent edition):

“…although the rule for English conflict of laws purposes is that the law of the testator’s domicile applies to movable property it is the law of the state in which immovable are situated which applies to themâ€￾.

Personally, I would take advice from an English firm of solicitors which also has expertise in French inheritance and tax law. There are a number on the internet but if anyone wants a name (though not a recommendation), please send me a pm.
by alan
Sat 06 May 2017 12:24
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: General Election
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Received and have replied.

Many thanks

Alan
by alan
Sat 06 May 2017 09:53
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: General Election
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

I have sent a couple but they don't seem to have reached you although I did receive a pm you sent to me. All I was asking was for a specific recommendation on something that I can use with my laptop and which will both work in PV and is relatively foolproof. As it is, when we want to access the inte...
by alan
Thu 04 May 2017 21:36
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: General Election
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Allan

I have sent you a pm.

Alan
by alan
Thu 04 May 2017 18:40
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: General Election
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Thanks for the suggestions. We don't have a phone line and a small TV would only give us access, presumably, to French TV which is not going to have the detailed coverage we would like. We are not looking for an invitation to a party but information and informed commentary as the night progresses. A...
by alan
Thu 04 May 2017 16:18
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: General Election
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

General Election

I wonder if anyone has any suggestions please. We have a second home in Port Vendres which is without a TV or connection to the internet. When General Elections happen, we usually stay up overnight to watch the results as they come in. This year, we shall be at our second home. Other than booking in...
by alan
Thu 12 Nov 2015 21:48
Forum: Travel
Topic: Argeles to Barcelona by train
Replies: 11
Views: 3360

I doubt that it is realistically possible to walk from Cerbere to Port Bou. It would be a very good walk along a mountainous road.

We found ourselves at Cerbere station one afternoon in October. It was almost totally deserted, as was the town itself.
by alan
Mon 12 Oct 2015 18:53
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Superyachts
Replies: 14
Views: 5031

Hope it's still there when we arrive on Friday.
by alan
Fri 02 Oct 2015 13:48
Forum: Travel
Topic: Birmingham to Perpignan
Replies: 8
Views: 2703

I see now that the relevant prices have been inserted. At first glance it seems they are rather more expensive than in previous years.
by alan
Fri 02 Oct 2015 09:29
Forum: Travel
Topic: Birmingham to Perpignan
Replies: 8
Views: 2703

Yes, thank you, but using the words "sold out" is inaccurate and misleading.