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  1. Hi, We are looking around France with a view to purchasing a small (12 bedish) hotel / restaurant. I am surprised that there appear to be so many 'bargains' around. Having said that, I am really concerned that these so called 'bargains' are obviously priced as such for a good reason. Having looked at some and struggled to get very far with the owners I am having to conclude that it is possibly to do with legal requirements / fire safety etc etc. I don't want to buy myself a money pit! I have a basic idea of what I think is required but can anyone either tell me or point me to a document where this may be listed / outlined? For example, do ceilings, walls, doores need to be 1 hour fire proof? Can stairs , floors be wooden or do they have to be concrete now? At what point is a fire escape needed?  Things like that would help me make a fairly basic assessment of what I'm looking at. Finally, is there a document that outlines what is needed for 1 star, 2 star etc?? I'm looking at a no star hotel that is for sale and the owners tell me they offer the same 'level' as 2 star ??!! Why are they not 2 star then , I ask myself?! Many Thanks in anticipation.  Dave
  2. Thats really helpful - cheers. He is registered in france but I do know that he ahd to make an 'emergency trip' back to the UK about 1 week before this meeting..........I'll get straight on to my lawyer. Thanks. Dave
  3. Hi, Thanks for all the comments. The situation is in France, he is an english builder registered to trade in France. It was a huissier who made the conclusions (on site with all of us, including his trade association rep and lawyer). He is  registered as SARL and my lawyer, previously, suggested that the court have power to seize his assets if he declares bankrupcy?? I'll keep you posted with progress as soon as we have the judges opinion. I have highlighted to my lawyer that I am suspicious of him doing a moonlight flit. Even if I force him to declare bankrupcy and dont get any money back I'll feel better about it because, as someone said, I am certain he has done this before and frightened people off with his bully tactics and his wife......!!!! DAVE
  4. [:D] I am happy to say that after a hideous fight with a builder, the 'expert' has now recommended to the judge that the builder repay me in full (62k). He's a bit of a devious character to say the least.....does anyone know where I stand, legally, if he declares himself bankrupt or even if he 'vanishes'?? Cheers Dave
  5. Hi, I need  a quote for removals from mid France to East Anglia. Can anyone PM me with any recommended companies? I understand that quotes can vary hugely, as can the service? Cheers Dave
  6. Can anyone please advise.... We have a cdh business to sell, we've owned it for 4 years. The house is our only house although we do run it as a business (registered etc). The business has not, as yet, declared a profit on paper as a result of huge renovation costs (although we are VAT registered so have benefited from refunds) . Our accountant believes that after 5 years, we will not have to pay the 'plus value' tax as we have not yet declared a profit (providing we stay that way). Other people we have discussed this with seem to think differently. Obviously, this tax has a large impact on when we sell /wether we sell etc. How can we get a definitive answer....it feels a little grey at the moment? Thanks Muzzie
  7. Can anyone please advise.... We have a cdh business to sell, we've owned it for 4 years. The house is our only house although we do run it as a business (registered etc). The business has not, as yet, declared a profit on paper as a result of huge renovation costs (although we are VAT registered so have benefited from refunds) . Our accountant believes that after 5 years, we will not have to pay the 'plus value' tax as we have not yet declared a profit (providing we stay that way). Other people we have discussed this with seem to think differently. Obviously, this tax has a large impact on when we sell /wether we sell etc. How can we get a definitive answer....it feels a little grey at the moment? Thanks Muzzie
  8. We seem to be receiving 1 or 2 spoof enquiries a day. All for a long period of time, all written in similar text and promising to pay be credit card. We received a suspect enquiry today from kings College..has anyone else had this one?? Finally, I may be a bit thick here, but, what is the point of them?? How do these people gain anything apart from irritating the pants off us all?! Muzzie  
  9. Blimey....... This probably explains why they did not accept /recognise our SIRET number. Will - you mentioned that we can work out the TVA  number from the SIRET, please can you tell me how to do this otherwise I have to wait until Tuesday to ask the accountant. We are TVA registered, I just dont know the number. Thanks to everyone for their help, I guess the previous publishers we've worked just dint bother to ask...? Muzzie
  10. This is a bit puzzling. We've been advertising in UK press for the past 4 years and, as non residents, have always been exempt from VAT charges. We're currently trying to advertise with a new magazine and they are refusing to cancel the VAT unless we have an exemption number? Can anyone shed any light on this please? Is this a change to the law / system? Thanks Muzzie 
  11. I read the article in 'French News'.I dont remember it word for word but it was basically something to do with one partner being sole trader / self employed the other one now, by law, had to have a 'status' other than just wife or husband.  We have chosen conjoint collaborator whereas other people choose to become a paid employee for tax reasons. I don't know the excat law but it was definately somehting that changed last July so I'm a bit behind..... Muzz  
  12. Thats an enormous help thankyou. I was afraid it was the dreaded sprawling tax offices with 1million doorways!! I shall hot foot it to the CCI. Thanks, Muzz  
  13. I understand that since July last year simply being the 'wife' of a sole trader/ owner of a small enterprise is no longer a recognised legal status? Our accountant advised that I must, legally, change my status to become a conjoint collaborator. This is no prblem except that I do not know how to go about it. Can anyone point to the right office(s)? Is it the local CCI? Thanks Muzzie    
  14. Hi, I've sent you a PM about this  - I am a paying 'member' of the french health system and have recently gone through this.  
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