Thank you for the question. It is my pleasure to help you with this today. Please bear with me if I ask for more information. Do you mind waiting to buy the property or is there some urgency?
The agent has not broken any laws, and neither has the seller by not declaring this.
However, it is extremely bad practice not to tell prospective buyer that there is going to be an inevitable delay of many weeks if not months, before the matter can progress.
I would get your solicitor to write to the Seller's solicitors asking when they expect the application for probate to be submitted and if they expect there to be any delay as a result of any contentious matters.
The probate registry take at least six weeks to process these even if they are straightforward.
Does that answer the question?
Can I answer any specific points?
"Do you mind waiting to buy the property or is there some urgency?"
We are also selling a property and so we are in danger of losing the buyer if she is not willing to wait.
We are relocating from London to Bristol.I am in the process of applying for a new job and could be expected to give my current employer four weeks notice.
For both of these reasons we may find that we need to rent in Bristol until the probate is resolved. Is it reasonable to expect either the estate agent to compensate for this or to reduce our offer for the property?
"I would get your solicitor to write to the Seller's solicitors"
The result of a telephone call was that the seller's solicitor is "just awaiting some final figures from the bank in order to
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