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1. What is the municipality's minimum lot size for residences in that area ?
2. What are the dimensions of the lot ton which the builder was going to
construct your house ?
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I don't know the exact answers for 1. and 2. However the builder informed me that the house plan was 2.5 ft too deep for the perimeter lot. The builder gave me the plan and the lot.
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You and the builder have a contract. However, if the municipality has a minimum lot size for residential construction and you and the builder cannot amicably resolve the problem that has arisen, here is how the situation will play out,
If you file a lawsuit against the builder for breach of contract, the builder will defend on the principle of "Impossibility of performance" and that he should not be held to the contract because doing so would either violate the municipality's minimum lot size requirements, or the house plan is too large for this particular lot.
You could refute the builder's argument by alleging that as a builder he is required to know each municipality's minimum lot sizes in the municipalities in which he builds homes. You are the innocent party because you gave the builder the plan you chose and the builder chose the lot. Therefore, he had the obligation to check the lot requirements before giving you the lot and agreeing to build upon it,
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If you sued the builder for breach of contract, you would have a claim for damages. The Courts have held that the sale of real estate is "unique" because the buyer is purchasing a particular lot and from a legal standpoint, if the purchaser for some reason cannot purchase that specific lot, he necessarily has damages. Sometimes it is easy to prove damages. Please allow me to give you one or two examples to clarify what I am saying,
A purchaser had an Agreement of Sale to buy ABC lot for a purchase price of $80,000, but something went wrong and he could not purchase it, but was able to purchase a similar lot "DEF" in the same community for $100,000, it is clear to see that his damages were $20,000 because he had to pay $20,000 more for a similar lot in the same community.
A purchaser was renting property and his lease agreement contained an option to purchase the property. The purchaser properly exercised his option to purchase and applied for a mortgage loan at 2% interest. The seller was not able to convey title free and clear of all defects by the settlement date and the purchaser's 2% interest from the bank expired. One month later, the seller was able to clear title and was ready to convey clear title to the purchaser. However, the purchaser's lender could not offer the purchaser the 2% interest and was now going to charge the purchaser interest at the rate of 3% per year. In this instance, the purchaser's damages was the difference in his monthly mortgage payment from 2% and 3%over the life of the loan.
In your situation you have to analyze the difference between what you were getting if you purchased the first lot with what you would get if you decided to purchase another lot which could accommodate the structure.
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