To encourage the vendor to hold on to the property, an agreement was made to make set non-refundable ‘deposit’ payments for the property throughout the tenancy. This had added up to a significant sum by the time the clients approached us.
As the agreed time approached, the vendor became very difficult to deal with and started setting deadlines for completion and even increasing the agreed purchase price. This backed our client into a corner as he had failed to get the full details of their agreement fully documented.
As the deadline approached, it became clear that the client would be unable to secure a commercial mortgage in time. This was disastrous as, if the client failed to purchase the property, they would find themselves homeless and without income. In addition, the vendor made it clear that the non-refundable ‘deposit’ payments would not be returned, under any circumstances.