Buyer’s Remedies for a Seller Who Breaches a Property Sales Agreement: A Basic Guide from Property Lawyers

When making a property deal, the seller will generally not want to back out of the deal. However, the seller may change his mind for reasons such as getting a better offer from someone else, certain circumstances that would cause him to sell the property, or any other apprehension the seller may have. The course of action available to the buyer would then be to claim damages from the seller, terminate the contract and recover the amount of the deposit with any additional expenses incurred, or go to court to seek enforcement of the purchase agreement.

The buyer should beware of the fact that, despite the legal remedies mentioned above, the seller may have included some contingency clause in the agreement that would allow him to terminate the contract without incurring penalties, for example, if the contract has A provision for the seller to back out should they be unable to find another home to reside in despite making a genuine attempt for the same, taking legal action against the buyer in such a scenario would likely amount to very little.

Claim damages

The buyer could claim damages if the seller deliberately breached the contract and resulted in a financial loss for the buyer. Even if there is no additional financial loss to the buyer, and the seller’s breach of contract occurred despite the seller’s best and sincere intentions, the buyer should in all probability be able to recover the amount of the deposit with interest and any additional expenses. , such as a fee for the real estate attorney, or the cost of an inspection of the premises, from the seller. Damages could be greater if the seller is found to have backed down due to insincerity, for example, the seller may have received a better offer for the same property. The amount of the claim would depend on the additional financial loss suffered by the buyer.

Finished the contract

The buyer can terminate the contract and claim the deposited money from the seller in scenarios where the contract was invalid or not signed by both parties, or the seller breached the contract. The deposited amount can usually be successfully claimed by the buyer even if there is no refund clause in the contract.

Enforcing the contract through a court order

The seller can go to court to be ordered to complete the deal. This is an option primarily in cases where the seller is able but unwilling to sell the property. In addition, the buyer must be able to fulfill his part of the agreement and the contract must list very clearly, without any ambiguity, all the necessary details such as the amount of the down payment, the security deposit, the legal description of the property and any other property in her. that is included with it, financing details, terms and conditions, etc. If the court finds that the seller is breaching the purchase agreement for his personal benefit, there is a good chance that the court will order performance of the contract resulting in termination of the deal.

If you find yourself in such a situation, your main considerations should be whether the seller’s actions violated the sales agreement and how you can get physical possession of the property or at least get your money back. It is always advisable to contact a property lawyer or law firm that can safeguard your interests against a delinquent seller.

This article is for informational purposes only for people looking to buy or sell real estate and should not be construed as legal advice. If you are looking for legal advice, you can contact ADB & Partners.

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