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We are selling puppies and have accepted a deposit

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we are selling puppies and have accepted a deposit for one of them but now do not want to sell him to the buyer and we have decided to keep him ourselves. Can we simply return the deposit or do they now have a legal right over the dog
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
You will be in breach of contract if you don't sell to them but they only have a claim to be put in the position that they would have been in if the contract had been properly performed.
If the deposit is returned to them they can always buy elsewhere. I realise that dogs can't be replaced like that but they don't know this particular puppy and haven't bonded with him.
The only issue is that if they have to buy at an increased cost elsewhere then you might have to reimburse them the difference but there is no more to it than that.
They won't sue anyway.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello Jo. Can you please just re clarify para 2....you will be in breach etc. Can you re word so it is a little clearer. Thanks, Nick
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
You have a contract with him to sell.
If you do not sell then you will breach it.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Jo - when will you be calling? Thx, Nick
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
I need your number?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
01440 786751
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Are you ready now?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Trying now.