The purchaser’s rights to ‘cool off’ are set out in Part B of the Form 1 Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Regulations 2010 Schedule 1.
The cooling off period expires at the end of the second clear business day from the day on which the Form 1 is served on the purchaser. The two business days does not include weekends or public holidays, nor the day on which the Form 1 is served. Cooling off starts at 12 midnight the day of service and finishes 12 midnight after the two full business days.
The purchaser has the right to cancel the contract during the cooling off period by serving notice in writing to the vendor, or vendor’s agent, stating that he/ she does not wish to be bound by the contract. No reason needs to be provided. The notice can be given to the vendor or their land agent in person, or by leaving it for the land agent at their place of business. Notice can also be given by posting it to the vendor’s address via registered mail, or by emailing it to either the vendor or their agent. The time at which the notice was sent is taken to be the time at which the notice is given when determining if it was given within the two day limit.
It is very important to keep a copy of the cooling off notice and evidence that it was sent. In the event of a dispute about whether notice was given, the purchaser has the onus of proof.
This right should always be exercised if, at any time after signing the contract, the purchaser has any doubts about the purchase.