However, there are situations where the buyer can withdraw from the purchase without penalty. This can happen if the messages contain “suspensive” conditions. An example of this type of condition could be that the purchase depends on the buyer obtaining a suitable mortgage. Alternatively, the purchase may depend on the buyer selling their own home. The missives are an integral and essential part of the process and rightly so, given that it is the contract concluded between you and the sellers, which defines the conditions under which you and the sale agree to buy and sell, and they cover a variety of issues related to the property, the ownership of the seller of the property and your respective rights and obligations in relation to the sale and purchase. Until the 2008 banking crisis, the Scottish system of concluding communications, i.e. the conclusion of a binding contract between a consenting buyer and a consenting seller, was seen as a major advantage over the corresponding English system. That advantage was certainty. The certainty that buyers and sellers have entered into notifications within a short period of time after agreeing on a price, in most cases a few days, and that a binding contract has been concluded.

After the completion of the notifications, neither party was free to unilaterally terminate the contract. The completion of the communications eliminated the risk that the buyer would change its mind and the seller would accept a higher offer from a third party. With a contract, buyers and sellers could plan ahead with some certainty, knowing that they were working towards a fixed entry date. Seller will retain such ownership until the Closing Date (or, if earlier, the date of termination established in accordance with Article 7.2(a)). In some cases, communications may depend on things like mortgage financing or the buyer`s sale of their own property – but most buyers and sellers prefer to have a contract that is not conditional. This may mean that it takes a little longer for completed communications to be received, but it gives all parties the convenience of knowing that if the contract is binding, the other party is much less likely to withdraw due to any of these “conditional” aspects. If the letters contain conditions like these while the letters are being filled in and you have sold your home in every way, it still means that the buyer can walk out without penalty. We will always follow your clear instructions on any suspensive clause before filling in the letters. People often think that in Scotland, once your offer has been accepted, there is a legally binding contract between you, the buyer and the sellers. This is not the case; It`s a little more complicated than that. More complicated, not because we, as lawyers, want things to get more complicated, but simply because today everything is more complicated. While submitting a successful bid is an important step in buying your property, it is only the first step in a process that takes several weeks and isn`t complete until other steps are completed, such as .

B obtaining your mortgage. So, what are the missives and what role do they play in buying your property? Once we have received the qualified acceptance, we will send you a detailed report explaining the terms of the offer and the standard clauses as modified by the qualified acceptance. The report contains recommendations on changes that are acceptable and acceptable and that cannot be accepted or can only be accepted if the seller`s lawyer has provided additional information. There will then be a further exchange of contractual letters between us and the seller`s lawyers until all points have been agreed and at that time the final acceptance letter is issued if there is a legally binding contract between you and the sellers. I hope this blog has helped shed light on some of the most frequently asked questions about communications, but if you have any further questions, please contact our residential transfer team who will be happy to provide you with advice (working in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and across Scotland). Your lawyer and his lawyer then send each other a series of letters called “communications”. Based on the above, it`s easy to see why a buyer may hesitate or refuse to fill out letters before publishing their mortgage offer. .