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Property Option Agreements

An option agreement is a tool which enables a buyer, usually of land or property, to buy an “opportunity” to buy the land itself later.

At Oliver & Co Solicitors, our specialist commercial property lawyers have over 30 years of experience in drafting option agreements and whether you are the owner of the land or the proposed purchaser, we will ensure that the agreement covers all those matters necessary to secure and protect your interests.

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Why would you use an option agreement?

A buyer of land may seek an option when he wants to tie the seller to his proposed deal, but cannot take the risk to buy immediately in case his plans do not materialise.

Such options are normally used where a buyer wishes to secure a site but also wishes to ensure that planning permission is first given for a development.

Alternatively, perhaps the buyer has specific enquiries to raise of the seller that may take time to answer, or perhaps they need sufficient time for finance to be obtained.

What is included in an option agreement?

When considering the details to be included within an option agreement, there are several important matters to take into account:

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It is important to ensure that an option agreement is as detailed and thorough as possible.

Often option agreements are used in proposed developments of significant value and, if there is any issue over how the option is to be implemented or the price is to be paid, it can often cost the parties a lot of time and money which could be avoided with a properly drafted agreement.


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