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Seeking Advice: Seller's Solicitor Unresponsive to Requests, and Handover Date Approaching
Hi everyone, I'm seeking some advice from you. We're currently in the process of purchasing a house in Scotland. We had agreed on the price, and both solicitors initiated the process. We set the key handover date for the 9th of January. Everything was progressing smoothly until recently. Initially, they were urging our solicitor to speed up the process, expressing a desire to finalize the missives by the first of November. However, over the last two weeks, they seemed to have disappeared, and our solicitor has received no responses to the emails sent.
With only one proper working week left in the year, we are eager to sign the missives as soon as possible for several reasons. Firstly, we want assurance that we are indeed acquiring the house. Secondly, we want to avoid any last-minute withdrawal by the sellers without consequences. Lastly, we need to finalize the moving date.
Now, my questions are:
1. If they withdraw less than a month before the agreed date without finalized missives, what are the consequences? Can I request them to cover our solicitor fees?
2. If there is still no response by the end of this week, should I reach out to their agent for an update? It's possible that they are not aware of the communication breakdown with the solicitor.
I appreciate any insights or guidance you can provide. 🏠🔍📅
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