July 12, 2023

Notice to complete – what does it mean?

This post was written by: Laaibah Bhatti

“Notice to complete” is a legal document that is typically issued by the seller’s solicitor or conveyancer to the buyer’s solicitor.

It is used in property transactions in the United Kingdom to set a deadline for the buyer to complete the purchase of the property.

When parties enter into a contract for the sale and purchase of a property, there is usually a completion date agreed upon. The completion date is the day when the ownership of the property transfers from the seller to the buyer, and the balance of the purchase price is paid.

If the buyer fails to complete the purchase on or before the agreed completion date, the seller can issue a notice to complete.

This notice typically provides the buyer with a specific period of time, often between 10 to 14 days, to complete the purchase.

The notice will also usually state that if the buyer fails to complete within the specified time, the seller may take certain actions, such as rescinding the contract, retaining the buyer’s deposit, and potentially seeking additional damages.

The notice to complete serves as a formal reminder and puts the buyer on notice that failure to complete within the specified time frame may have legal consequences. It is designed to encourage the buyer to fulfill their contractual obligations promptly and proceed with the purchase.

It is always advisable to consult with a qualified solicitor or conveyancer who can provide accurate and up-to-date advice tailored to your situation.

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