completion today - but condition of sale has not been met

Just on the off chance someone may have experience of this or some advice:
I'm due to pick up my keys of the new house later.
There was, and still is, a static caravan / mobile home on the property. A condition of sale was that this was to be removed and it's also the reason I agreed to pay what I did. I've spoken with my solicitor and their estate agent who are both simply asking the seller to remove it.
I'm fairly resigned to the fact that I may be stuck with it now. It was plumbed and had oil heating but all of that has been dismantled. The caravan has been moved a bit and is now unstable.
Have I any rights with regard to recovering the cost of having it removed, and/or compensation for breach of the condition of sale - given that I wouldn't have paid as much as I did if I knew I'd be stuck with this thing.

Or should I put it down as bad luck and inexperience and just forget about it??

p.s. anyone want a static caravan? free to collect?? :rotfl:

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  • BrowntoaBrowntoa Forumite, Board Guide
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    as its a condition of sale you can pay to get it removed and bill the other party via your solicitor
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  • okay - that's what I was hoping. Thanks Browntoa!
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    Solicitor will confirm but as long as its in the contract that its to be removed then you're laughing
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  • silvercarsilvercar Forumite, Board Guide
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    Browntoa wrote: »
    as its a condition of sale you can pay to get it removed and bill the other party via your solicitor

    I would get onto your solicitor quick. If he can contact the seller's solicitor quickly they could retain some of the purchase money to allow for this. Much easier than chasing them in week's time and find they claim to have no money and risk having to take them to court.
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    edited 31 October 2014 at 3:21PM
    This was actually in your contract? If so then you could probably have refused to complete until it's removed, though I guess it's too late in the day to threaten that now.
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    Does the condition of sale actually use the word "remove" rather than just "move"?
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    If the caravan has aluminium walls and roof it will have some scrap value.
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Browntoa View Post
    as its a condition of sale you can pay to get it removed and bill the other party via your solicitor
    I would get onto your solicitor quick. If he can contact the seller's solicitor quickly they could retain some of the purchase money to allow for this. Much easier than chasing them in week's time and find they claim to have no money and risk having to take them to court.

    Just want to repeat Silvercar's wise comment.

    Having legal rights is one thing - enforcing them another. Try to get something knocked off the amount you pay over to cover the cost of removing the caravan or get the seller's solicitor to retain some of the funds.
    RICHARD WEBSTER

    As a retired conveyancing solicitor I believe the information given in the post to be useful assuming any properties concerned are in England/Wales but I accept no liability for it.
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