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TKenney, Ph.D., French Attorney (Avocat à la Cour)
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Experience:  Practicing law in France, 10+ years of experience on Paris Bar. Taught French Business Law in US
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We rented a gite for six months ( let) but left early as we

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We rented a gite for six months (long let) but left early as we purchased a property in France. We have paid our rental but have not paid the last 2 weeks - this is due to damp that required all of our washing to be completed elsewhere and permeated some of our clothes, the toilets regurgitating the contents of the fosse septique when flushed, mice infestation and lying about our post being delivered. We have photographic evidence, facebook messages and e-mails all to substantiate our on-going issues whilst we were there. The owner even advised us to tape down the trip switch to stop the electric short circuiting (and we have two small children!). My husband helped them solve several maintenance issues whilst we were there too! Now they have had the keys back they are re-advertising the gite for rent! And to top it all they are now threatening us with legal action for the remaining £350 that we haven't paid. Can you advise please?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: French Law
Expert:  T Perrin C replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry to say, but you are bound to pay the full duration of the lease you signed (or reservation you made). If the owners attempt a lawsuit, they will most likely win. With interests and damages.

You may claim compensation for all faulty equipment in the gite in a separate action... But this does not allow you to keep part of the agreed rent. Besides, unless you had a bailiff in the gite to certify that it was indeed faulty (mould, sceptic tank, electricity) and you notified his report to the owner by recorded delivery mail - or had the bailiff summon the owners to do the repairs, you will be hard pushed to prove in court what you wrote above.