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  1. Epcatt--THERE you are! I knew you and CRF would respond! I already pulled out my trusty copy of The Legal Guide to Costa Rica and read from it to her. Sounds like she's got it when it says the total descriptions and furniture must be listed. The contract merely says "fully furnished"... right! I'm not familiar with Senor Castro's website, but will also pass that on to my disillusioned friend. As usual, THANKS! Barb
  2. Hi CRF!! Always a treat to hear from you! I will pass on this info. My first lease was written (in Spanish & I never got my gringo copy) and all was well. I did leave early due to the house being sold and we had a verbal agreement for a $$ incentive, which he honored. I moved to my 2nd rental in 3+ years and this one is a verbal & a handshake/hug. So far, so good...actually he's a pretty good guy, and I love the house. Actually had my eye on it for a year--knowing I was going to have to move sooner than expected. If you two are ever planning a trip down this way, please feel free & invited to spend a night here. Thanks again for the info! Barb
  3. Hi Tom & Marcia ~ I agree with you re: the tilt of the law; however, the rub is that she hasn't secured a new place yet (looking almost every day) and needs to leave the country for two weeks mid-month. She'd like to stay out the month & offered to let the place be shown to prospective tenants starting this coming week. The landlord (a woman)seems to have taken a turn for the worse....
  4. Hi All ~ Hopefully someone on the Forum has dealt with this problem and can offer some expertise. #1) Yes, an attorney appt. has been set up for Monday a.m., 13 May. Here's the scenario: I have a new neighbor who previewed the house next door with an agent. There was furniture in the house and she asked the agent if it went with the house and was told, after he checked with the owner, "yes, except for the computer desk". When she moved in with only her personal items, the house was virtually empty. There was a twin bed in one BR, a Qn. bed in the other BR, a dining table & 4-chrs. and a very, very old well-worn refrig. There were no dishes, pots, pans, toaster, coffee maker, silverware, no TV, no lamps, no living room furniture... it was a virtual warehouse. The contract says "Fully Furnished" to include a land line and Internet connection. There is no land line available, and it took one week to get CableTica to hook up the Internet. The landlord brought in some dishes & silverware, some patio furniture after her mother left for Europe, an old leather couch that the former tenants had had her take out due to mold--and which my new neighbor had removed for the same reason, and bought a TV. My neighbor bought a convection oven (there is no oven, of which she was aware, a computer desk & chair; I loaned her two living room chairs and a floor lamp so she could see the computer and read. The rental amount includes utils., the Internet connection, use of the pool and the services of a gardener. She will be here one month on Monday, and the grass still hasn't been cut and there are areas in the large yard and garden that are being overtaken by weeds. In addition she cannot take the heat here, and needs to return to the cooler temps of Grecia. She wrote a (nice) email to the owner today explaining her health needs and the misrepresentation of the property, said she'd have asked for a lower rent if she'd known it was unfurnished, and said to please use her dep. as the next month's rent (due Monday), that she would be leaving at the end of the next month's rent. The owner called the agent who related the rent needs to be paid Monday "or else"... So, my question is: does my neighbor have the right to cancel the contract due to the misrepresentation? CRF & Epcatt--hope you get a chance to see this & respond prior to Monday. A little self-assurance would do my neighbor a world of good right now. Anyone else out there with experience in this issue, please give me your thoughts. Thanks so much!
  5. Hi... I used Pablo Arias in Atenas. He was highly recommended by all the "gringos" I spoke with who had had need of an atty. for RE purposes. He is very well versed in English, is non-confrontational, and a very pleasant and knowledgeable person. His office is located in the Cafe Tico Internet Cafe bldg. just off the park and on the same street that goes into the new auto pista, so he's easily accessible from SJ, Escazu, etc. Here is his info: Pablo Arias Gonzalez, Atty/Notary Cell: 8835-7490 email: ariaspa77@hotmail.com Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica Regards, Barb
  6. Hi..... not sure of flights from Reno to Orlando or Tampa; however, Delta has R/T flights TPA to SJO for $333. Need to book about 3-4 wks. out and do the "flexible travel days" option, picking 3-days +/- in both directions. Good place to stay over about 1/2 way btwn. SJO and San Jose city is The Adventure Inn in Cariari... we stayed there, thanks to Costa Rica Finca, and now I believe Tico Grande also recommends it--we certainly do! They're just completing an infinity pool, have lovely, large rooms, a good restaurant/bar combo and an indoor hot tub--just right for relaxing. Free taxi service from the airport, and if you mention how you were referred (ARCR & the folks mentioned here), you're apt to get a better rate than what's posted. Super taxi driver, Juan, would be happy to take you to your end destination the next day or so. Juan's a good driver, very personable & charges fair rates. Front desk staff all speak good English & are friendly & helpful. Olga, the night rest/bar mgr is from Russia & a delight; Janet, during day shift has a great smile! Free breakfasts with yummy fresh fruit! Eric (dad) & Mike (son) are from Canada & have been in C/R a long time. They are excellent hosts. Have attached a few photos. www.Adventure-Inn.com Cheers. Barb
  7. Thanks, TG... you're the BEST! Barb
  8. Shea: I made a typo in my post a moment ago re: the temp restriction on Delta. At 85 degrees Delta will restrict the pet from flying as Checked Baggage and will fly them as Cargo. Again, their website in very informative about the pet's comfort. I called them just now and they gave me the Cargo phone number for SJO airport in Costa Rica, which might be more definitive for your friend concerning the dog's weight & shipping procedures out of C/R. The number is: (506) 2443-4648. Hope this is also helpful.
  9. Shea: Also, check with Delta. They sell the 700 size direct for your pet, and the 70 degrees heat restriction for both luggage & cargo traveling pets is Sept. 15th. I spoke with them at great length the other nite, and they were most helpful. You can also go on Delta.com and in their search engine type in: "In Cabin Pets". It opens up the entire web page on traveling with your pet, not just the in-cabin ones. Hope this info is helpful, too. BTW, there is a good vet in Escazu recommended by Scott Oliver on the "We Love Costa Rica" web site & newsletter. The Vet's name is: Dr. Adrian Molina. They only take 48-hrs. to process the export papers, and will be able to answer your questions more in depth about the dog's weight. Dr. Molina's phone numbers are: (506) 2228-1909 and (506) 2288-171. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your friend's dad. Barb
  10. Oh, okay... not me--him! Good! I think I'm still normal, although, our golf cart is turquoise, has a band around the roof with a little bit of fringe hanging down, a seat in the back for (2) where the golf clubs used to go, and a radio.... Is life different in the Bahamas? I only made it as far as Bimini in 19xx on a Mike Burke, Windjammer Barefoot Cruise. Right around the time that Adam Clayton Powell used to hang out there in that big pink hotel. Now, tell me... what is LOL? (Lots of Luck???) and IMHO?? (no clue). You are teaching me a new language!
  11. Of course, our little golf cart is battery-operated, not gas. Does AAA come out there ?? Horses in town? Be still my heart!! That would make me feel good. My horse, Shar, just passed away on Jan 26. He would've been 32 on March 27th. I'd had him since he was 7 yrs. We were great friends! In what area do you live? BTW, we have very dear friends in Fallbrook, CA (just outside San Diego) by the name of Pedersen (Jack & Vio). Is there any chance you are related? Jack is of Danish descent; has a sister, Neva Smith in Washington, and a brother, Lyle, in San Diego who passed away 2-yrs. ago.
  12. Now, David, from the "tone" of my posts, do you think I could ever be arrogant?!? More like Aggie Mac!! Besides, I have flowers sticking out of the divit sand holders... "What say you?" Barb
  13. Thank you. This is helpful, and I enjoy the way you write. We, too, are looking for a garden, with a house--that's picturesque! May I ask a (possibly silly) question? Does anyone use golf carts to go to the local village from the house? No, I am not lazy, but my hubby is 94 yrs. old, and has difficulty walking to the corner. Sometimes, just to get him "out" we'll take a ride on the golf cart with our dog. The cart was actually a 'dog transportation' necessity when we moved to the Desert in CA. The pavement was too hot to have the dogs walk to the dog run, and they were too heavy to carry. Thus, the golf cart--which has been a God-send over the last 8-yrs. We're not even golfers....
  14. Kenn: This was a really helpful post. My friend, Paul, who lives in Alajuela, says that over a two month period, which included buying some furniture & appliances, he only spent $350 in taxi bills, and that also included his driver waiting for him on several occasions. As you mention, if you add up the expenses of maintaining your personal car, the frustrations involved, etc., I can see that our 2-legged "wheels", the bus, or building a relaltionship with a Tico driver is most practical. You're right, also, about our having a car & driving everywhere being a habit in the U.S. (of course, we live 3-miles to the closest grocery store, and when I was working, I was 23-miles to the office.) Until we get to C/R, it's difficult to imagine the "walking distance from your home" mom & pop stores, but, I am looking forward to it. So... if you want to take a day trip to the other side of the Central Valley, or to the Pacific side to check out properties, would you suggest the Tico driver, renting a car for the day, or....? Thanks again for this post.
  15. All Hail King John! Can Pete & I come & live in your new country, too? He's too old to fight and I'm his caregiver, so I've gotta be there, too Barb