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  1. Yes, Paul.  I think he was the one who asked to buy our car a couple of years ago. His company would put the money in our account and a Maersk container would come to our house, load up the car and take it to Marseille for shipping to Nigeria.(actually it was Ivory Coast but let's not split hairs!)

  2. They are still trying! I received an enquiry for a week in February from someone with a Scandinavian sounding name.  Didn't want to open up and start heating running in Feb just for one week, so said no.  They came back and suggested a week in April, so we said yes, can do. Today, they said they wanted to book .  It's the old story again but the the email was full of detail.  A long story about how his employer paid for their family holiday every year, including car hire and everything else ( any jobs going?!). I would get a Certified bank cheque for 4000 euros which I could cash and give them back the residue to book car hire. And by the way, could I arrange car hire for them.

    Thank God for this forum or I might have been taken in .

  3. Thank you Judie and'You can call me Betty.' Really useful.

    In the end, I knocked on the neighbour's door, asked politely  and they said 'no problem'.  So all is well.

  4. Part of our house is directly on the boundary line

    with our neighbour's land. The roof on that side needs essential repair

    and we need to gain access via his garden.  Yes, of course, we should

    ask him nicely but relations are a little strained because of his

    constantly barking dogs. Does anyone know how we stand legally? Many

    thanks for any contributions ( to the question not the roof !!)

  5. Part of our house is directly on the boundary line with our neighbour's land. The roof on that side needs essential repair and we need to gain access via his garden.  Yes, of course, we should ask him nicely but relations are a little strained because of his constantly barking dogs. Does anyone know how we stand legally? Many thanks for any contributions ( to the question not the roof !!)

  6. Thank you very much Parsnips. I will now be on firm ground with the lady at the tax office.
  7. This was mentioned a few years ago. I have been trying to get an answer from different professinal sources but no-one seems to have the answer. The tax office says they will have to research it. We know a war pension is tax free in UK. Does anyone have first hand experience of this? Would be grateful for any help.

  8. Hello.  I know this is now quite an old post.  My husband also receives a war pension as well as his military pension. As we know it is tax free in UK but have they taxed you on it in France?  I can't find anyone who knows if a war pension is actually taxed here.

  9. Thank you Cat.  You are clearly very clued up and have confirmed our suspicions. Hibou

  10. We are trying to sell our car and it is advertised on Paruvendu. We had an enquiry from a man who asked to see more photos which we sent. Today we had the following email.

    Bonjour

    j'ai consulté les photos, pas de questions supplémentaires.

    Je

    confirme l'achat   Concernant le mode de règlement, mon gestionnaire m'a

    fait savoir que les chèques  de banque ne sont pas garantis, étant présentement

    à l'étranger. Je suis en effet Français, je travaille sur un projet  en côte

    d'ivoire ( Afrique de l'ouest). Je souhaiterai donc vous régler par virement

    bancaire, c'est garantie pour nous deux. Dans cette optique j'aurai besoin de

    vos coordonnées bancaires (RIB) afin d'effectuer la transaction, dès que vous

    recevrez l'argent sur votre compte tenez moi informé. J'enverrais la société de

    transport MAERSK LINE chercher le véhicule a votre adresse. Vous pouvez me

    joindre à ce numéro: 0022565035591. Finalement a combien vous me laissez le

    vehicule?

    Cordialement

    We called the bank who advised us not to give our bank details and that a cheque de banque is certified. Is this perhaps the scam where the money appears in our account.  He changes his mind, wants his money sent back, we send it back and then find his money never cleared in the first place.  I know this has happened with people booking accommodation (thanks to France Forum).  We won't be touching this one.  If you're selling a car, be aware.

  11. Thank you Fairynuff.  Yes we have an appointment with the Maire in 2 weeks time, just thought we would do some research first.

  12. Not really helpful Derf.   It wasn't the case 8 years ago when we bought the property.  The neighbour got divorced after we arrived.  He lives alone and doesn't seem to care.

  13. [:(]We live in a lovely 'heritage village' in the Gard.  When we built our property we had to jump through every hoop possible to comply with the demands of  Batiments de France.  Our neighbour's garden can only be described as a version of Steptoe's yard but much worse. There are old freezers, cement mixers, gas fires and all sorts of other rubbish stacked against our wall as well as along the road fronting edge of his property. Should we ever wish to sell, it will obviously greatly devalue our property.  Does anyone know if there are any rules regarding the upkeep of the appearance of property in a heritage village? Many thanks.

  14. My husband has a military war pension for injuries received in a parachuting accident ie SAP. His invalidity is classed at 40% and he has a certificate to show this. On page 2 of 2042k it says that in France this entitles you to a demi-part supplementaire. Does anyone know if this also applies to us as well as the French?

    Many thanks in advance. Hibou.

  15. We have also been victims of this company.  We ordered a fridge at the beginning of September and paid by Carte Bleu.  They debited our account immediately. Since then, no one replies to emails or answers the telephone.  This morning I put Showroom 2001 in French Google and it seems that there are hundreds of victims out there. Someone recommended a site called www.e-litige.com but I'm not sure if my French is up to the fine detail.  They promised delivery by October 2nd and I suppose I must wait until then, but I know nothing will arrive because victims on the complaints forum say the premises are closed and empty.  A few people do seem to have been reimbursed. Can anyone give step by step procedure to getting our money back?  If they're in liquidation it may be too late. The general view seems to be that they are just swindlers.

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