Vague arrangements as to the completion date

In Tsang Wing Man v  Chung On Ling ([2016] HKEC 2164, CA) D agreed to sell his property to P. Completion was to be within 3 days of P’s sale of her own property. It was held that this arrangement was so vague and uncertain as to be of no legal effect. As a result, there was no agreement as to the completion date. As indicated in Kwan Siu Man v Yaacov Ozer, this was strong evidence that there was no contractual intent. P had later given an oral promise to complete by the end of August 2011. This did not help matters since the need to resort to an oral term meant that there was a failure to comply with section 3(1) of the Conveyancing and Property Ordinance.

Michael Lower

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