Be aware of unfair clauses in contracts
for the purchase of real estate
Purchasers must beware of unfair clauses in contracts for the purchase of real estate. This is especially important when you are under the pressure of purchasing at auctions.
Berrigan Doube Lawyers recently reviewed a contract for the purchase of an apartment valued at $238,500.00. The contract contained the following clause:
“7. A purchaser who breaches the contract must pay to the other party on demand –
The Vendor shall not be liable for any damages costs or interest whatsoever or howsoever arising.”
If the purchaser had accepted the above terms and subsequently breached the contract, they would have to pay the full purchase price plus any reasonably foreseeable loss caused by the breach. If the vendor breached the contract, they would not be liable for any damages, costs or interest suffered by the purchaser as a result of the breach.
We advised our client that this was an unfair clause and must be amended as follows:
“7. A party who breaches this contract must pay to the other party on demand –
The purchase then proceeded on this basis and the conveyance is now on foot.
If you have any inquiries concerning contracts for the sale of real estate, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.