Solicitor required - problem following sale of house

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Solicitor required - problem following sale of house

Post by jecjcr » Tue 02 May 2017 19:52

Hi all
Having owned a house near Prades for over 10 years, we had the opportunity to sell this January. During the storm of 24th March some water came through the roof.
The buyer is now claiming that the property had a 'hidden defect'.
At the moment we are still talking, but I fear that this could end up in court.
Could anyone recommend an English speaking solicitor / lawyer. Our French serves for everyday use, but this needs to be dealt with in English.
Extremely grateful to anyone who can offer us some advice and guidance - thanks in advance.
John Currer
John & Jane
Bagshot & Prades

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Post by tia » Tue 02 May 2017 21:18

Hi. Friends have used a lawyer called Slatkin. If you google you should beabe to find the contact details. Speaks English and is in Perpignan.

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Post by martyn94 » Tue 02 May 2017 21:33

It might be useful to start by looking at the "acte de vente". It's normal for private sellers of secondhand houses to exclude liability for "vices cachés". This will do you no good if your buyer can show that you knew of the "vice" at the time of sale: but since I assume you didn't (if indeed there was one), you should be able to tell them to get lost. If the contract didn't include this clause you may have recourse against the notaire. There are no solicitors here (unless they are Brits who are dual qualified) but plenty of lawyers.

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Post by martyn94 » Tue 02 May 2017 21:48

tia wrote:Hi. Friends have used a lawyer called Slatkin. If you google you should beabe to find the contact details. Speaks English and is in Perpignan.
A friend of mine is also using Slatkin. It's too early to tell whether he will actually achieve anything, but at least he seems inclined not to go mad with the bills. Though you'll want to be clear what you are committing yourself to.

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Post by Gus Morris » Wed 03 May 2017 07:28

If you own another property in France, and it is insured, might be worth checking for "Assistance Juridique" as part of the cover.

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Post by Kate » Wed 03 May 2017 08:22

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Someone on the forum is looking for an english speaking notaire. I can highly recommend the following person.

Luce BROUSSE-CHAMICHIAN


RESIDENCE SAINT ANDRE
RUE DU DOCTEUR EMILE PARES
BP 71
66602 - RIVESALTES CEDEX

Téléphone : 04.68.64.03.71
Fax : 04.68.64.68.58

Courriel : l.brousse@notaires.fr

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Post by martyn94 » Wed 03 May 2017 09:08

Kate wrote:RECEIVED BY EMAIL


Someone on the forum is looking for an english speaking notaire. I can highly recommend the following person.

Luce BROUSSE-CHAMICHIAN


RESIDENCE SAINT ANDRE
RUE DU DOCTEUR EMILE PARES
BP 71
66602 - RIVESALTES CEDEX

Téléphone : 04.68.64.03.71
Fax : 04.68.64.68.58

Courriel : l.brousse@notaires.fr
Is a notaire the right sort of lawyer here? I thought that they did not do the sort of "contentious" work in question here - representing one side in a dispute - though I do not say so with any great confidence.

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Post by Kate » Wed 03 May 2017 12:49

Hmmmm, good point. But at least one of these notaires might be able to advise of the right people to go to I suppose.

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Post by Sweaty Betty » Wed 17 May 2017 05:36

May I suggest Maitre Phillippe at Argeles sur Mer - he studied in UK and as so has clear understanding of both systems. Bon Courage.

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Post by Nigel » Thu 18 May 2017 19:28

Andre Slatkin

23 Rue de La Sardane
66000
Perpignan

0468 352406

He is French/Canadian and is bi-lingual

I was very satisfied with advice he gave me....and I'm a retired UK solicitor !!

I am sure he will be able to advise you

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Post by martyn94 » Thu 18 May 2017 20:33

Nigel wrote:Andre Slatkin

23 Rue de La Sardane
66000
Perpignan

0468 352406

He is French/Canadian and is bi-lingual

I was very satisfied with advice he gave me....and I'm a retired UK solicitor !!

I am sure he will be able to advise you
That's already been said, twice. But evidently he's not too bad..

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Post by Nigel » Thu 18 May 2017 20:39

I am sure he would be pleased to see your comment on him

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Post by martyn94 » Thu 18 May 2017 23:18

Nigel wrote:I am sure he would be pleased to see your comment on him
I cannot imagine why: I have never been his client. I have been fortunate enough not to have needed lawyers in a private capacity, apart from buying houses and making wills. My point was only that yours was the third recommendation for him: I am sure that yours carries more weight, but it might have been courteous to give a nod to the previous two (assuming you had read the thread before adding to it).

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