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Property Problems?

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By John Reilly (Editor)

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Question: How much miss-sold property is their in the EC in your estimation?

Answer: Far too much.

We believe the figure to be in excess of 100 million pounds worth of property. This is property which has been miss-sold in one way or another in Spain, Cyprus and other EC countries.

While the idea of owning a holiday home is the dream of so many people, occasionally that dream can turn into a nightmare. Land may have been sold to you that you cannot legally build on. The Habitation License has not been granted. Perhaps your house has not been finished on time or to your specifications and the builders won’t budge? Maybe the Developer has not banked your deposit in the correct manner and you do not have a Bank Guarantee to protect your money. You may not have received your Deeds in Cyprus.

The reasons are many and varied, however the main reason was lack of due diligence to start with. We continue to be amazed by clients who have handed their life savings over to total strangers having done absolutely no due diligence.

Q: Can these disputes be resolved?

A: Yes in most cases.

Faced with trying to argue your case in a foreign language and trying to negotiate your way through the minefield of an entirely different legal system, it would be easy just to hold your hands up, accept there’s nothing you can do about it and chalk your losses up to experience. Don’t, the Legislation is very clear about the Miss-selling of property. You are protected by EC Law, and the Local Laws in the Country that you have purchased in. My one piece of advice is this; Nepotism is rife in many Mediterranean Countries. In many cases the Lawyers are related to the Notaries who are related to the developer’s etc etc. This will come as no surprise to your readers John.

When resolving any dispute abroad start with a UK firm who will act on your behalf, ensure that they do not have any affiliations to, or family with any person involved in the case.
Q: If I have been Miss-sold what do I do?

A: Get in touch.

If you think you’ve been miss-sold a foreign property and have come up against a brick wall in your claims for compensation, call H&G before any other firm. We will give you good honest advice free of charge over the telephone or email. We specialise in Property Disputes; we do not dilute our talents by being a jack of all trades.

H&G has the expertise to help you recover your money with the aid of specialist foreign Solicitors and Lawyers experienced and qualified to take the case.

Q: What makes you successful?

A: We are positive, brave and knowledgeable.

We are not afraid to upset people. We are aggressive and very persistent. We are made up of several different nationalities all experts in their own countries Property Law and we do not like failure.

Q: How long does the average case take to resolve?

A: How long is a piece of string?

The quickest case that we have ever resolved was an out of court settlement in one week. This is not the norm; the most important thing is to start the due process, if your case is running you can’t be time barred by the Statute of Limitations. If you do not act in time you can be time barred by the Court system. The Courts will refuse to hear your case. The statute of limitations differs from country to country. There will come a point in all cases when the case will enter Court, should no out of court settlement be forthcoming. In our humble opinion most EC Judges are very bright people. I have confidence in the Legal System, as such if you have been ripped off, or there has been an obvious Breach of Contract, you will normally get the correct outcome in Court. And if the outcome is obviously and overtly ridiculous and goes against our clients, be assured that we will appeal, and go again.

Q: What do your services cost?

A: Initially it’s FREE. We will look at your case completely free of charge to start with.

We do not believe in charging for consultations, we do not like charging our clients a fee, simply to tell them that we cannot help, it is not ethical or helpful. We know the high street Law Firms love to do this, but it’s not something that we are comfortable.

We will look at your documentation completely free of charge. Once we have come to a sensible conclusion about the case, we will charge a fixed fee when we take the case. We do not believe that hourly rates are conducive to good work practice. The only thing that hourly fees promote is procrastination.

Q: How do I contact you, if I need you to contact you?

A: By Email, Phone, or Letter

Editor’s thoughts:

Positives;

If I had a Property Problem I wouldn’t hesitate to contact this firm. They were very matter of fact, not at all frightened to make some very strong points about the industry as a whole. There are no grey areas here, you either have a case worth fighting or you do not. And if you do not have a case you will be advised to walk away and learn from your mistakes.

The flat fee is fair in my opinion and is a much better thing than a never ending hourly fee.

The firm is very well connected to trusted Law firms around Europe.

Negatives:

If I must isolate a negative, they are Blunt, very blunt. You will know exactly what you did wrong and where you stand with them. They do not pull any punches with their clients in an effort to be diplomatic or PC.

In their words “Recovering someone’s life savings is a very serious business”.

This could also be viewed as a positive I suppose.

Good luck and best wishes,

John Reilly, Editor in Chief

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