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Houses in Gourdon are collapsing, and no insurance

France 3/Scoop, Apr 29

In the town of Gourdon in the Lot, houses were built on clay soil, and they are gradually collapsing.

The houses are cracking, repairs are expensive, and the insurance companies are washing their hands of it.

From the side of the road, one might think that these houses are in perfect condition, yet the walls are deeply cracked. The cracks started appearing in 2015, and the successive droughts have not helped.

Inside the houses you can see more evidence of the problems. Tiles have moved, wall paper has split, doors are falling off their hinges. Living in the houses could become dangerous, and the houses are completely unsaleable.

The house owners are hoping for a classification of ’natural disaster’ but so far it has not been granted.

Over 30 owners have grouped together to add more weight to their argument. The collective intends to approach the prefecture and various other associations to get the reclassification needed to make an insurance claim. Without that, householders are each facing a minimum of €90,000 for repairs.

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