Our first meeting with the agent dealing with our rental apartment should have been adequate warning. Despite clutching the computer print-out of the advertisement, the agent raised the monthly rent by 200€, and when we waved the piece of paper at him, he declared
“Ce n’est pas Bagdad”.
We later discovered he followed this trick with every propective tenant, and has just managed to swindle the ‘Procurer General de Rouen’ who moves into the first floor next week in the same manner. At the moment, the Procurer General is none the wiser….it won’t take long, we share the same soil vent pipe after all!
Our second meeting with the agent reinforced the concept that our agent, a ‘Hussier de Justice’ (bailif) on rue Jean Lecanuet was a crook.