Simple Option Agreement for Residential Landlord and Tenant
This Simple Option Agreement for Residential Landlord and Tenant should be used when a landlord wishes to grant a tenant an option to purchase the landlord’s freehold interest in the rented property. This agreement can be entered into at the same time as the grant of a tenancy or at a later date.
This is a simple form of option agreement. The option may only be exercised in relation to the whole of the property described in the agreement (not part or parts of it) and only while the tenancy is subsisting.
In this template, the price to be paid for the property is a fixed amount. We have another template Option Agreement where the price is to be agreed (or determined by an expert) based on the market value of the property when the option is exercised.
The grant of an option is not a straightforward transaction. Landlords and tenants should take legal advice before entering into such an agreement.
Clause 1 contains the grant of the Option for the “Option Period”. An “Option Fee” may be payable.
Clause 2 sets out the mechanism for exercise of the option. The Standard Conditions of Sale (Fifth Edition) are incorporated in the agreement. These Conditions are widely used in residential conveyancing transactions. A copy of the Standard Conditions is available from the Oyez legal stationers website. Unfortunately we are not able to supply the Standard Conditions.
Clause 3 deals with the landlord’s legal title to the property.
Clause 4 restricts the landlord’s ability to deal with the property (e.g. by selling it or granting leases) during the Option Period.
Clause 5 covers completion of the sale and purchase of the property.
Clause 6 deals with notices to be entered on the registered title of the property at the Land Registry.
Clauses 7 and 8 cover VAT and other standard legal matters.
The agreement needs to be signed by each party at the end. The landlord and tenant may sign the same copy or one copy each.
Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the document.
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