TV Production for RTE

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A TV production company called Cornelia Street are planning a documentary for RTE 1 (Irish national TV broadcaster) called ‘Burnt by the Sun’ due to air this autumn. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring this issue to the fore and provide for some serious pressure on the consumer protection authorities, in particular the EU […]

Pierre & Vacances – big players in France, but is it a fair game ?

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In the #FrenchLeaseback arena, Pierre et Vacances are huge players. They operate 280 Residence de Tourismes, with 50,000 properties, dealing with 23,000 owners! Indeed, they have also moved into the Senior Residences investment area, since these have been given similar tax advantages to the Residence de Tourisme.  These are the next investment ‘opportunity’ that could […]

Press Updates – 2018

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Updated 18th August 2018 French national daily, Le Figaro, published a piece on the DGCCRF investigation entitled  Des étrangers dénoncent «l’horreur» des résidences de tourisme françaises  (16th August 2018). In the piece, Jean-Bernard Litzler describes how owners feel that they are ‘prisoners of a Kafkaesque system’: Selon eux, la présentation qui leur a été faite du […]

Press Updates – Autumn 2017

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Updated 5th Nov 2017 The Times Peter O’Dwyer had another article in The Times (Irish edition) on 31st Oct 2017 – see Property ‘scam’ complaints passed to French watchdog. The Times Peter O’Dwyer had an article in The Times (Irish edition) on 10th Oct 2017, Irish Victims of Alleged French Property Scam Win Reprieve, where he outlines the view […]

Indo on French Leaseback

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A recent article in Indo – The French Dream that became a Nightmare – goes some way to highlighting the problems with French leasebacks and I commend the journalist Sinead Ryan for taking this on. But it doesn’t go far enough. Perhaps those selling French leaseback/investment properties should be subject to financial regulation. From the Central […]