No we didnt
In a nutshell, there is nothing you can do.There was no contract entered into for you to you to buy the house, andtherefore any costs that you incur, you have to take on the chin.
It is always a danger when exchanging andcompleting on the same day that people can have removal vans etc booked, whichultimately are simply not needed, but often have to be paid for.
The question is very common and I speak frompersonal experience, because it happened to me a few years ago where the buyersimply changed his mind after I had done survey and searches etc.
The question is very common and I'm afraidthat there is no remedy to assist you.
I appreciate that this is not the answer youwanted, but there is no point in me misleading you
Can I help further?
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Thanks very much, I thought as much. One last question; can I sue him through the small claims court at all as in essence it was a "verbal" contract?
I'm afraid under the Law of Property Act 1925 , which is still good law, the contract must be in writing and signed by both parties.
It is not deemed to be signed by both parties until it is exchanged even though you may have signed your respective parts
If you take this to the Small Claims Court, you will lose.
Verbal contracts, although enforceable, are not enforceable in property contracts
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX we need to review how property is purchased in this country; its unfair and costly. Assuming there is nothing else we can do?
Kind regards, Kevan
The situation is different in Scotland, but I am afraid that in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, until contracts are exchanged, there is no contract.
There has been talk of reviewing the process for years , and all we got was the ill-fated home information Pack.
It would be different if the Seller provided the searches and the survey , but there is an issue then regarding has the benefit of them, if they are flawed or incorrect. . The buyer cannot sue whoever prepared a search or a survey if it was not done for them but was done for the Seller.
It has been the subject of many long debates and meanwhile , , the situation remains as it is.
I am sure that your solicitor has given you exactly the same answer , as I have done.
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