MODERN METHOD OF AUCTION TERMS & CONDITIONS
These conditions govern the conduct of “conditional” or “modern method” auctions operated by Under The Hammer Auctions Limited (Company or Auctioneer or us/we/our). All properties sold by auction using the Company website or by a physical auction which are expressed to be either a “conditional” or “modern method” auction are governed by these conditions.
These conditions have three main sections.
This gives special meanings to some words used in the rest of the conditions.
2) The conduct of the auction
This section regulates the conduct of the auction. If you bid for a property which is offered for sale by conditional auction you do so on the basis that you accept them.
3) Conditions of reservation If you win a conditional auction for a property you must sign a reservation form under which you agree to be bound by the conditions of reservation relevant to that property. The conditions are legally binding
A prudent buyer will, before bidding for a property:
In addition, before buying a property a prudent buyer will:
The conditions assume that the buyer has acted like a prudent buyer. If you choose to buy a property without taking these normal precautions you do so at your own risk.
This glossary applies to the auction conduct conditions and the sale conditions. Wherever it makes sense:
Approved financial institution
Any bank or building society that has signed up to the Banking Code or Business Banking Code or is otherwise acceptable to us.
The auction advertised as online or in the catalogue
Auction conduct conditions
The conditions so headed, including any extra auction conduct conditions.
The auctioneers of the auction.
Buyer Information Pack
The pack of documents relating to a property which is advertised online for conditional auction.
Any day except (a) a Saturday or a Sunday; (b) a bank holiday in England and Wales; or (c) Good Friday or Christmas Day.
The person who agrees to buy the property or, if applicable, that person’s personal representatives. If two or
Any catalogue to which the conditions refer including any supplement to it.
One of the auction conduct conditions or sales conditions.
A conditional or “modern method” of auction as described in these conditions.
The contract by which the seller agrees to sell and the buyer agrees to buy the property.
On our website or, where applicable, one of our accredited partner’s websites.
Each separate property described in the catalogue or as the case may be online.
The price that the buyer agrees to pay for the property.
A non-refundable deposit paid by the buyer to us to reserve a property. This deposit is used by the seller to pay our fees for conducting the conditional auction.
A non-refundable fee paid by the buyer to us to reserve a property. This is in payment of our fees for conducting the conditional auction.
The form of contract which is to be signed by a buyer and by us (on behalf of the seller) reserving the property for sale by the seller to the buyer as further described in the conditions of reservation.
The person selling the property. If two or more are jointly the seller their obligations can be enforced against them jointly or against each of them separately.
We (and us and our)
You (and your)
Someone who bids on an auction, whether or not a buyer.
A1 Auction Conduct Conditions
A1.1 Words in bold type have specified meanings, which are defined in the Glossary.
A1.2 Where a property is advertised for auction:
(a) online, you have been given access to that auction only on the basis that you accept these auction conduct conditions;
(b) in a catalogue, you are only issued that catalogue on the basis that you accept these auction conduct conditions, which govern our relationship with you and cannot be disapplied or varied by the sale conditions (even by a condition purporting to replace the whole of the Conditional Auction Conditions). They can be varied only if we agree.
A2 Our role
A2.1 As agents for each seller we have authority to:
(a) prepare the catalogue (as applicable) from information supplied by or on behalf of each seller;
(b) offer each property for sale by conditional auction; Page 1 of 3 V3.1
(c) receive and hold reservation deposits (if applicable);
(d) receive reservation fees (if applicable);
(e) sign each reservation form on behalf of each seller; and
(f) treat a reservation form as repudiated if the buyer fails to sign that reservation form or pay a reservation fee or reservation deposit (as applicable).
A2.2. Our decision on the conduct of the conditional auction is final.
A2.3 We may cancel the conditional auction, or change the way in which a property is offered for sale. We may also combine or divide properties. A property may be sold or withdrawn from sale prior to the conditional auction.
A2.4 You acknowledge that to the extent permitted by law we owe you no duty of care and you have no claim against us for any loss.
A3 Bidding and reserve prices
A3.1 All bids are to be made in pounds sterling exclusive of any applicable VAT.
A3.2 We may refuse to accept a bid. We do not have to explain why.
A3.3 All bids made online must comply with the terms and conditions which apply to use of our website or to the use of our partner’s websites (as applicable).
A3.4 if there is a dispute over bidding we are entitled to resolve it, and our decision is final.
A3.5 Unless stated otherwise each property is subject to a reserve price (which may be fixed just before the property is offered for sale). If no bid equals or exceeds that reserve price the property will be withdrawn from the conditional auction.
A3.6 Where there is a reserve price the seller may bid (or ask us or another agent to bid on the seller’s behalf) up to the reserve price but may not make a bid equal to or exceeding the reserve price. You accept that it is possible that all bids up to the reserve price are bids made by or on behalf of the seller.
A3.7 Where a guide price (or range of prices) is given that guide is the minimum price at which, or range of prices within which, the seller might be prepared to sell at the date of the guide price. But guide prices may change. The last published guide price will normally be at or above any reserve price, but not always – as the seller may fix the final reserve price just before bidding commences.
A4 The Buyer Information Pack and other information
A4.1 We have taken reasonable care to describe each property (either online or in a catalogue). The description of a property is based on information supplied by or on behalf of the seller. You need to check that the information is correct.
A4.2 The description of a property and the Buyer Information Pack may change prior to the conditional auction and it is your responsibility to check that you have the correct versions.
A4.3 If we provide information, or a copy of a document, provided by others we do so only on the basis that we are not responsible for the accuracy of that information or document.
A5 the reservation agreement
A5.1 A successful bid is one we accept as such (normally on the fall of the hammer or close of an auction online). This condition A5 applies to you if you make the successful bid for a property.
A5.2 You are required to enter into a reservation agreement which obliges you to proceed to purchase the property at the price you bid plus VAT (if applicable).
A5.3 You must:
(a) provide all information we reasonably need from you to enable us to complete the reservation form (including proof of your identity and address if required by us);
(b) sign the completed reservation form; and
(c) pay the reservation fee or reservation deposit (as required by the reservation form).
A5.4 If you do not we may either:
(a) as agent for the seller treat that failure as your repudiation of the reservation form and offer the property for sale again. The seller may then have a claim against you for breach of contract; or
(b) sign the reservation form on your behalf.
A5.5 Where a reservation deposit is paid, that reservation deposit:
(a) is to be held by us as agent for the seller, but otherwise is to be held as stated in the reservation conditions; and
(b) must be paid in pounds sterling either by credit/debit card or by way of a bank transfer made payable to us from an approved financial institution. Please note, we are not able to accept payments made in cash or accept Bank Transfers where the deposit for the transfer was paid in cash.
A5.6 We may retain the reservation form signed by or on behalf of the seller until the reservation deposit or reservation fee (as applicable) has been received in cleared funds.
A5.7 If you do not comply with your obligations under the reservation form then you are personally liable to comply with the obligations under the reservation form even if you are acting as an agent for the buyer.
A5.8 Where the buyer is a company, you warrant that the buyer is properly constituted and able to buy the property.
R1.1 Words in bold type have specified meanings, which are defined in the Glossary.
R1.2 Where you win a conditional auction for a property you must sign a reservation form, which is a legally binding contract between the buyer and seller reserving the property for purchase by the buyer within 2 hours of the winning bid being accepted and the auction ending.
R.1.3 These reservation conditions summarise the terms of the reservation form.
R2 Payment of reservation fee
R2.1 This condition applies where a reservation fee must be paid by you on winning a conditional auction for a property. Payment is to be made within 2 hours of the winning bid being accepted and the auction ending.
R2.2 Conditional upon payment of the reservation fee and you signing the reservation form, the property shall be reserved to the buyer for the reservation period
stated in that reservation form, this is the period in which time the buyer is to exchange contracts to purchase the property
R3 Payment of reservation deposit
R3.1 This condition applies where a reservation deposit must be paid by you on winning a conditional auction for a property. Payment is to be made within 2 hours of the winning bid being accepted and the auction ending.
R3.2 The reservation deposit is to be held by us and, following formal exchange of contracts for the sale and purchase of the property, transferred to the seller’s solicitors as part payment of the purchase price under the contract for the purchase of the property.
R4 Seller’s obligations
R4.1 On the reservation form being signed and either reservation fee or reservation deposit being paid, the seller will grant to the buyer a period of exclusivity.
R4.2 During the exclusivity period the seller agrees:
(a) he or she has instructed us not to agree another reservation of the property;
(b) not to encumber or deal with the title to the property;
(c) not to send, instruct or allow anyone else to send any contract for sale of the property to anyone other than the buyer’s solicitors;
(d) to give such access to the property as may be reasonably required by any surveyor or valuer appointed by the buyer;
(e) not to give access to any other person to view the property nor negotiate with anyone other than the buyer any terms for the sale of the property;
(f) to use all reasonable endeavours to proceed to a formal exchange of contracts within the exclusivity period;
(g) to supply all documentation, information and authority to enable the seller’s solicitors to draft and negotiate the sale and purchase contract and do all work necessary to enable contracts for sale of the Property to be exchanged within the exclusivity period;
(h) to immediately instruct the seller’s solicitors to issue a contract for the sale of the property to the buyer’s solicitors and to do all other work required to enable contracts for the sale of the property to be exchanged within the exclusivity period.
R4.3 The seller may (but shall not be obliged to) grant an extension of the exclusivity period stated in the reservation form. Any such extension shall be confirmed in writing.
R5 Buyer’s obligations
R5.1 The buyer agrees:
(a) to use all reasonable endeavours to proceed to a formal exchange of contracts within the exclusivity period;
(b) to immediately instruct the buyer’s solicitors to investigate title to the property, negotiate the draft contract for the purchase of the property, raise enquiries of the seller and any third parties about the property and do any other work required to enable contracts for the purchase of the property to be exchanged within the exclusivity period;
(c) to promptly:
(i) if the buyer intends to use a loan in connection with the purchase of the property, the buyer shall apply to the relevant lender and complete all necessary documentation and do all such things as such lender may require to process the buyer’s application as soon as possible including the payment of any application fees;
(ii) if the buyer or the buyer’s mortgagee or lender requires that the property is surveyed and/or valued, the buyer will use all reasonable endeavours to arrange for the survey and/or valuation to take place at the property as soon as reasonably practicable including the payment of any valuation fee;
(iii) keep the auctioneer and the seller’s solicitors advised of progress with the application for the loan;
(d) Within 5 working days of receiving draft contracts from the seller’s solicitor, the buyer must ensure that their nominated solicitor has raised initial enquiries in relation to the draft contract, in writing with the seller’s solicitor. If this has not been undertaken, the seller reserves the absolute right to re-offer the property for sale free of any obligation to the buyer. In this event the Reservation Fee is deemed non-refundable.
(e) the date of completion shall be specified in the contract exchanged for the purchase of the property but such date shall be no later than the date being 28 days after the date of exchange of contracts and the buyer shall use all reasonable endeavours to complete the purchase of the property by such date;
(f) the buyer shall pay to the auctioneer the cost of the preparation of the Buyer Information Pack relating to the property;
(g) buyer has received the Buyer Information Pack (if applicable) and is ready willing and able to proceed with the purchase of the property;
(h) the buyer agrees that if contracts for the purchase of the property have not been legally and unconditionally exchanged within the exclusivity period the seller has the absolute right to re-offer the property for sale free of any obligation to the buyer.
R6 Termination of reservation
R6.1 The reservation form shall not be capable of termination by the seller or buyer during the exclusivity period except as specified below.
R6.2 On the expiry of the exclusivity period specified in the reservation form (or the expiry of any extension granted by the seller in writing) if the buyer has not exchanged contracts to purchase the property, the reservation of the property shall terminate at the discretion of the auctioneer.
R6.3 The seller may terminate the reservation of the property with written notice to the buyer if the buyer is in breach of the buyer’s obligations set out above.
R7 Binding obligations
R7.1 These conditions of reservation must be read in conjunction with the reservation form applicable to a particular property. Where there is any conflict or inconsistency between these conditions and the provisions of an individual reservation form, the relevant provisions of the reservation form shall apply.
R7.2 As these conditions and the reservation form comprises legally binding obligations on you, it is recommended you seek independent legal advice on these conditions and the reservation form before making any bid on a property.
R8.1 You acknowledge and agree that we act as an agent of the seller and not in our own capacity.
R8.2 Save in the event of fraud or death or personal injury resulting from our negligence, neither the us nor any of our group companies, affiliates, third party service providers, licensors, officers, directors or employees shall have any liability of any nature howsoever arising in relation to these conditions or to any property
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