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Going to the Waterboard in France

A fairly typical day really. We'd noticed that in our new house the water meter that is outside in a box on the garden wall - is completely missing - the house which is a 15 yr old villa has been rented by it's owner for the last 15 years and we guess has been empty for about a year.... so the water has been cut off completely.

'A' called the waterboard (different company for each town in France - which means different rules of engagement - quelle surprise!) - they say come quickly to the office as we'll be shut next week.... so I turn up with our proof of pending ownership.... oh no, this is no good, we need a letter from the notaire to say when you are signing for the house - look I say, it's here: xxxxxx on the end of the compromis de vente - ah no, that's not enough I want an exact date / time / place... grrrr... why didn't she say so on the phone? me thinks.

I ask when they are closing as I was worried we would have no water when we move in. We are not closing she says... but you told my husband on the phone you were closing ... ah yes, we are closing Thursday / Friday / Monday and Tuesday next week.... blimey, how could she forget? Welcome to France: one bank holiday on the Thursday, equals nearly a week off.

Anyway, my friendly notaire faxes me a paper and I return back to the office in the afternoon - Euro29.54 later and the water will be on next Monday (incidentally, hours before we actually own the house.

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