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Please confirm that this was failure to exchange and not failure to complete.
Thank you. I’m afraid that if you hadn’t already exchanged contracts, there is nothing that you can do about anyone else letting the chain down. In fact, you could have incurred solicitors costs and surveyors costs and booked moving costs and paid a deposit and if one of the people in the chain decided to back out, 30 seconds before exchange, and the whole chain collapses, there is nothing that anyone can do.
It has been a criticism of the English conveyancing system for many years and my understanding is that the Scottish system is completely different and avoids this.
I wish I could tell you that you could recover these wasted costs but unfortunately, it’s not possible. The question is very common. Sorry.
Can I clarify anything for you?
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