They arrived at our house and were very chatty (in Spanish...no English spoken at all) and it appeared that they had been the architects who had designed a house (which was never built) for the previous owners and they seemed to know our property quite well already. They asked us if we were having work done on the house and we said yes. They asked questions about the work that was to be done and Steve showed them his drawings of the internal renovations that are due to start next month. They asked if they could have a copy of the drawings and we said yes. Crucially... we did not sign anything.
After a week or so we received an email from the firm of architects enclosing a drawing of our proposed renovations (copied exactly from what Steve had already drawn and not changed one iota) and a quote for £6,000 euros to project manage the work. We queried this with the lawyer and she got on to the architects and we assume told them that they were not required to oversee the building works. The quote reduced to 250 euros (much more like it for the legalisation of the buildings). They then said that they had not done any measurements for legalising the garage or washroom or pump house for the borehole. So an appointment was made for them to come back. The same two gentlemen arrived at the appointed time and did their measurements and then started once again to tell us that we needed them to project manage our building works. Now we know that this is untrue. Our builder is perfectly capable of doing all internal works required and all the legal stuff that needs to be done... this is fairly simple renovations and has nothing to do with making our existing buildings legal. We said this as best we could in our basic Spanish... they said we were wrong and our builder was lying. We got the lawyer on the phone and asked her to explain to them. She did so.
Even after they had spoken with the lawyer who informed them that our renovations are for the future and nothing to do with them they still tried to tell us that we needed their services. At the same time one of them marched into my home with his tape measure and began re-measuring what he had already done on a previous occasion.... at this point I totally lost it! I stopped trying to speak Spanish and just said very loudly in English 'F' off out of my house now!!!! I am not in the habit of being so rude and when he still wouldn't go but kept trying to explain something in Spanish to me I just repeated 'no, no, no, no,' until finally they left.