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Question about Notaire in Valais

Hello Everyone,
Would someone be able to please advise, A while ago I was looking to buy a property in Valais, I found something and indicated to the seller that I was a foreigner and they advised I would first need to apply for a permit to buy from the local authorities before we could move forward and told me the notaire will send me a letter of intent to sign to submit to the authorities, the notaire took about a month and emailed me a declaration of intent and honor to purchase the property, as well as a draft of sales contract. By the time I received everything, COVID-19 happened and the market dropped and so did my ability to afford the sale. I then informed the seller, now after months I received a bill of over 2000 for the work done by the notaire, which includes a large fee for the draft as well as smaller amounts for the intent to buy as well as copy charges. This came as a huge surprise as I though initially the seller will provide an intent to buy which will be submitted and depending on approval we would move forward with the sales contract. Can someone please advise on what my options are?
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The fees were not disclosed upfront nor that I was the one responsible.
The sales draft was not initially required, just the intention to buy for the permit
Would appreciate any advice.
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Old 09.07.2020, 20:12
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Re: Question about Notaire in Valais

Welcome to the Forum. I have no idea, so have a bump and hopefully someone who knows will be along shortly.

Quick summary: never expect services to be free in Switzerland. If the provider doesn't tell you the cost, ask up front before you hire them. Also, why would the seller prepare an intent to buy when you're the purchaser?
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Thank you! Not sure about the intent to buy, seller just told me he will have the notary send it to us! I assumed it was his regular notary, I have learned my lesson now, never again
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