On the 26th February I signed my deal and am on the way to being a property owner in France.
Sealed and delivered, this morning the postman delivered a sealed bundle of papers that I had to sign for in person. It’s the dossier of paperwork that accompanies the proposed purchase. All 113 pages of it.
There are only two possible hurdles to cross that would negate the purchase.
The first is that the Mayor has the right to cancel planning permission on land as it changes hands, I doubt she will as in such a small village an extra inhabitant increases the population by 2% and the village revenue similarly. I shall be asking to renew the outline planning permission in due course.
The second is the work of SAFER, a government sponsored agency that is responsible for keeping as much land in agriculture as possible. It has three months to check that none of the local farmers want to buy the property. This is only happening because I am purchasing some adjoining land which is agricultural . Thankfully, any interested party would have to buy the whole lot, not just the fields and with the planning permission it works out rather expensive for a farmer to acquire an additional couple of acres.
Fingers crossed until mid May.....................
I spoke to one of the owners after the signing and he is more than happy if I make a start on clearing the brambles, turning a bit of soil and starting a vegetable garden. Just as well, as earlier in the week I bought a huge collection of seeds on offer in the local supermarket. They’ll get to grow this year some way or another.
I can also get on and apply for connection to electricity, water and phone, arranged for after the completion date, and also make provisions to insure the land from when I take possession ( a legal necessity here in France). I need to ask the mayor too, for permission to put up a temporary cabin until such time as my house is built, apparently is it normal practice and permission is often granted for four years, I don’t imagine using it for that long. There’s plenty to be getting on with in the mean time.
We, me and my current hosts, celebrated with a lovely meal and a bottle of champagne amidst the chaos of their moving. Five more days and everything will be moved, the house cleaned and the keys ready to hand over. That’ll be the end of my time here, onto the next.