Property Search Agency Agreement – To Find New Home for Client to Buy or Rent

Finder’s Fee Agreement for Residential Property Search (Fixed Fee)

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This Finder’s Fee Agreement for Residential Property Search (Fixed Fee Commission) has been drafted for use by a property search agency acting for a private client who wishes to acquire a property to live in. If the client is looking to acquire a residential property for investment purposes, please use one of our B2B templates instead.

The Agreement sets out the obligations of the Client and the Agency and provides for the Client to pay commission to the Agency if the Client proceeds to buy or rent a property sourced by the Agency. The Introduction Commission paid by the Client under this version of the Agreement is a fixed fee as opposed to a percentage of the purchase price (or rent) paid for the property.

Other versions of this Agreement cover percentage-based commission and acting for business clients.

• Clause 1 contains definitions.

• Clause 2 sets out information about the Property Finder’s business.

• Clause 3 gives communication and contact details.

• Clause 4 covers the appointment of the Property Finder and payment of an initial Retainer Fee. Optional drafting provides for the Retainer Fee to be refunded if the Client subsequently pays Introduction Commission to the Property Finder. The Property Finder’s appointment may be on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis.

• Clause 5 requires the Property Finder to make Introductions of suitable properties and sellers to the Client during the Search Period. There are optional clauses setting out the scope of the Property Finder’s role – these should be adapted to suit the circumstances.

• Clause 6 sets out the Client’s obligations. These include providing information to the Property Finder to enable the Property Finder to search effectively, and notifying the Property Finder when a contract for sale or rent is entered into (an “Applicable Contract”).

• Clause 7 covers payment of the Introduction Commission. This is a fixed fee.

• Clause 8 relates to complaints and feedback.

• Clause 9 contains provisions regarding the “cooling off” period that applies to consumer contracts that are made “off the premises” of the trader.

• Clauses 10-12 deal with termination of the Agreement.

• Clauses 13-16 are standard clauses dealing with VAT, the relationship of the parties, jurisdiction and other matters.

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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