What occurs when a person purchaser or vendor dies previous to the completion of a transaction involving actual property? This weblog submit discusses the problems that may come up in actual property transactions the place there’s a piece of land below contract and the person vendor or purchaser dies previous to the completion of the transaction.
At widespread legislation, a contract could also be discharged or put aside on the bottom of frustration the place an unexpected occasion renders the contract bodily or commercially unimaginable to meet. Courts have thought-about whether or not the loss of life of a celebration to a contract for an actual property transaction quantities to frustration of the contract, however have held that the contract will solely be pissed off if there may be some private facet of the deceased that was central to the contract. In a 1996 case known as Butterfield v Todd Property, the deceased had entered into an settlement with the plaintiff to collectively buy a property and share the mortgage and upkeep funds. The executor of the deceased’s property refused to fulfil the deceased’s obligations below the contract. The British Columbia Court docket of Enchantment held that the property was obligated to pay the deceased’s share of the acquisition value of the property and to share mortgage and upkeep funds. These have been monetary obligations of the deceased that weren’t one thing that solely he was able to performing personally.
Given the above, normally, if a vendor or purchaser dies previous to the completion of an actual property transaction, then the duty to finish the transaction on behalf of the deceased falls to their executor and isn’t extinguished by purpose of such loss of life. There could also be a delay to the completion of the transaction whereas an executor or administrator is acknowledged to manage the deceased’s property. Such a delay could also be notably problematic if the transaction is a part of a land meeting, as the complete land meeting and redevelopment course of might be stalled.
In British Columbia, one option to reduce the delay attributable to the loss of life of a vendor is to use to courtroom on an pressing foundation for a restricted grant of administration permitting the applicant to deal particularly with the land below contract reasonably than some other facet of the deceased’s property. The provisions of the Wills, Estates & Succession Act give the courts the jurisdiction to grant this kind of reduction. To acquire a restricted grant like this, the applicant should present that there are particular circumstances, that such an appointment is important and that it doesn’t prejudice the pursuits of the beneficiaries of the deceased’s property.
When you’ve got any questions referring to this matter, please contact the writers or a member of Lawson Lundell LLP’s Actual Property Group or Property Planning and Litigation Group.
 Naylor Group Inc v Ellis-Don Development Ltd, 2001 SCC 58, paras 53-55.
 Butterfield v Todd Property, 1996 BCJ No. 826 (BCCA).
 Berkner (Property), 2017 BCSC 619.