Thanks for responding. He has no legal right to refuse to sell the property and keep the deposit. You'll want to file suit against him, but in doing so, you will want to raise the stakes on him. File suit against him not only for breach of contract
, but also for fraud and bad faith. That will entitle you not only to receive your deposit back, but to also be awarded punitive damages
. Once the suit is filed and a judgment awarded, you become a judgment creditor
, and if the losing party doesn’t then pay the judgment, you can have the sheriff serve a summons on the losing party for a debtor examination. That forces the losing party to meet the judgment creditor in court and answer questions under oath about the losing party's assets. After that information is obtained, the judgment creditor has the power to garnish wages, attach bank accounts, have the sheriff seize other personal property, and/or place liens on any non-homestead property to satisfy the judgment.
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