I'd have to disagree with that. Polish professionals are not all that bad. Knowledge of local conditions would help as well.
The problem is that he wouldn't be on site, so he would be trusting a professional blindly. But absolutely, knowledge of local conditions would be a must.
Holy moly, you guys seem worse than lawyers
Probably because we live here and see the gulf between the people that live in urban areas versus those who are part of village life.
It was gifted to us as its a piece of ****, it will only be ours after the grand mother dies.
Ouch - you want to invest money into something that isn't even yours legally? That seems like a recipe for disaster, especially given inheritance laws...
The house/shell would be given to my partner as her brothers are married and work else where, only daughter and youngest child at that.
I wouldn't put a penny into the property until it's clear that you have joint ownership of the property. If it's your money, then I'd be also making sure that a small, yet important piece of land is only in your name to prevent any abusive situations emerging. I'm also not convinced that she would actually get the property to herself, especially if the brothers realise that there's a nicely renovated house to get their hands on.
As far as being a cash cow, we both own our business and both know the financial side of each other. We are both cash cows.. To each other.
It's not her that I'd worry about, it's the family. They will see her earning GBP and think "hmm, how can we get some of that?". It's the village mentality, unfortunately. There's a good reason why educated people don't tend to return to the villages they come from, after all.
If things go sour financially, there are very few things on this planet that can compete in nastiness and sheer spite than a pist-off Polish mother-in-law, and the last place on earth you would want to own property is next door to her.
Especially a property that appears to be entirely dependent on the mother-in-law's house. Let's say he sinks 200,000zl into the property - what's it going to be worth if the media connections have been severed and access to the property denied?