A few months ago, a couple bought a house at auction in the town of Pierre-Bénite, near Lyon. Amount of the transaction: one million euros, the purchase of a life. Except that several months later, Lucas Goy and his wife have still not been able to invest the premises. The reason ? The former owner refuses to leave, relates France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. “He should have left in August and then there we are in October. It is a situation which is without control, without limit, and the winter truce arrives”, laments the purchaser.

Faced with this lingering situation, the couple had to resolve to rent a student apartment and a storage room. Two unforeseen events weighing on their finances. “We end up with the costs of the bank, that is to say to repay and honor our debts, for more than 4,000 euros per month. In addition, we must type more than 800 euros in rent costs. We can’t hold out like that for long, “plague Lucas Goy.

The eviction procedures were indeed undertaken more than two months ago, but despite the order to leave the premises issued by a bailiff, the former owner has not budged. “In certain cases, it is necessary to arrive at an expulsion with the public force, with the police forces or gendarmerie”, explains to France 3 Master Olivier Fradin, judicial officer in Lyon. In this case, the prefecture has two months to decide, but because of the health crisis, this decision to resort to the public force is much rarer. “The prefecture now only intervenes in the event of the possibility of rehousing. As there is a virus lying outside, these are special conditions,” said the bailiff. Lucas Goy and his wife nevertheless remain hopeful of recovering their property before the winter break, which begins on November 1, failing which they will have to seek compensation from the State.


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