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I sold my café in 2014. I gave 60 day notice in writing which

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I sold my café in 2014. I gave 60 day notice in writing which terminated my contract with preferred commercial agent on 21st April 2014 (sole selling rights contract) my brother then offered the café to a friend at a very reduced price and exchanged contracts on 30th April 2014.
No 'unconditional' contracts were exchanged during the period of 'sole selling' rights ...do I still have to pay the agents commission?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Are fees only payable if they 'introduce' someone please?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

This was a contract with 'sole selling rights' which I assume you understand the definition of this contract. Fees are payable if 'they introduce someone' during and after the end of the sole selling right contract., but they didn't and the café was sold a week after the contract was officially terminated by letter (recorded delivery) by means of a 'quick' reduced sale price, therefore no 'unconditional contracts' were 'exchanged' during the period of their 'sole selling rights' therefore am I right in saying that we do not owe any agency fees? please tell me what my position is? thank you

Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Ok. If they didnt introduce anyone then no fees are payable. They cant claim for something which they didnt or havent done. Its not in the contract that they cant claim anything.
Therefore you can say no, there is nothing in the contract which states you are liable for the fee. So you are not liable for anything.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Alex
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** what you mean 'its not in the contract that they can't claim anything?'

Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
If they fail to mention in the contract they are owed any fees regardless of whether or not they introduce someone, then they can't claim it.
Alex
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I'm confused now! because a 'sole selling rights' means fees are payable whether the agent or the owner/third party finds their own buyer! my argument for believing I don't owe any fees is purely based on the fact that the contracts were exchanged after the contract was terminated! but the agent argues that the deal was discussed and agreed prior to the termination of the contract, therefore they are entitled to claim their fee!

I so not! because contracts were exchanged 7 days after the contract was terminated! please could you clarify??

Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Indeed I would agree. Either party can pull out before contracts are exchanged. So after termination and contracts are exchanged, no fee is payable.
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Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Hi
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