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It is the duty of the seller to provide a clear, valid and marketable title and this must be put in the contract. Has a search been done against the seller and the property to see what notices or orders there might be? If the seller won't do searches then your own solicitor should. Your money is safe in that if the transaction doesn't go ahead your solicitor will refund the money. The contractor may already have incurred some expenses and you may lose some money that way. He isn't a lot you can do about that. If you can give me more detail on exactly what the problem is I will be able to assist you further, for example, your lawyer has written you an email that you can reproduce for me. In the meantime I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.