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I made an offer to a leading estate agent on July 3, 18 weeks

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I made an offer to a leading estate agent on July 3, 18 weeks ago on a leasehold flat being offered with a new 99 year lease. This sale has no chain, and I am now a cash buyer.
This protracted transaction has been blamed on the Managing agents preparing the extended lease.
The lease arrived to me on Tuesday this week, and is only 97 years.
I am not prepared to accept this. I have had my furniture in storage now for 5 weeks
since completing on my own property, adding over £1300, over and above my initial moving costs.
The Estate agents say it's not their fault, but the managing agents. My contract is with the estate agents, who have offered me £500 compensation. Are they legally at fault ?
I would appreciate your comments. Many thanks, ***** ***** regards.
Bryan Shaw 07831 822867
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 3 years ago.

Hi Bryan and thanks for using Just Answer.

My name is ***** ***** am happy to assist you with your enquiry.

I appreciate your frustration at the delay. Sadly, as with all Sales/Purchases of property, either party can withdraw from the transaction at any time before Contracts are exchanged without paying any compensation to the other party.

So, if one party delays, there is absolutely nothing the other party can do, other than to threaten to pull out of the transaction.

Although you will have made your offer to purchase, to the Agents, they are merely acting on behalf of the Seller, and it does appear to me that it is the Managing Agents at fault in them incorrectly drafting the Lease document.Sadly, when dealing with Leasehold properties and Managing Agents, it can take them an extortionate amount of time to deal with any enquiries/paperwork.

I am guessing that the Agents have therefore only offered you this compensation, in order to "save the Sale" in the knowledge that they will get their clients commission upon completion of the Sale to you.

I hope this assists, but please let me know if you require any further clarification.

Kind Regards


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Many thanks for your sound advice which was borne out almost exactly

by someone else. Good news in the last few minutes the managing agents have come up with a new 99 year lease.

Kind regards.

Bryan Shaw

Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 3 years ago.

Great to hear!

Good luck Bryan, and if you are happy

with my Answer, I would be grateful if you could leave positive feedback.

Kind Regards


Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 3 years ago.

Hi Bryan,

Can I assist you any further?

Kind Regards