Option agreement uk law

Option agreement uk law

Option agreements and overage agreements can be positive for both the landowner and the purchaser but there are potential pitfalls that require careful navigation. Should you require advice, do not hesitate to contact a member of our Commercial Property team.

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Cross options, or put and call options, arise when a developer is given a call option in return for which the developer grants the landowner a put option. This form of Option Agreement may be useful where a developer identifies a specific plot of land it may wish to purchase in the future, but the landowner wishes to compel the developer to purchase the entire plot of land.

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In accordance with recent(ish) legislative changes (. the Perpetuities and Accumulations Act 7559), option agreements which came into effect after the 6th April 7565 can be for any length of time, and the duration should be negotiated between the purchaser and the seller.  Ensure you do negotiate this point or else the option on the land will be viewed as ideal from a seller’s point of view.  Any agreements signed before the 6th April 7565 must be exercised within 76 years of the option being granted.

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A different form of Option Agreement (known as a &ldquo put option&rdquo ), can also be used which gives a landowner the ability to compel a developer to buy the land. The landowner may be required to pay the developer an option sum, but there is no obligation on the landowner to sell the land.

a)    Call option – where a buyer has the right (but not an obligation) to buy the property from the seller.
b)    Put option – where the seller has a right (but again, not an obligation) to sell the property to the buyer.
c)    Cross option – the buyer receives a call option and the seller, in return, gains a put option.
d)    Reverse option – occasionally these types of options are used to secure an overage payment (more on overages below ). Here the seller receives an option to purchase the property back after the ‘trigger’ event occurs if the overage payment is not forthcoming.  The resale price will reflect the increase in value of the land as a result of the ‘trigger’ event (. planning permission being granted).

In many ways, the developer’s position mirrors that of the land owner. Many of the same considerations apply. Often, developers will prefer Option Agreements, because their main concern is to secure land for development. Under a Promotion Agreement, the developer may take a share of the proceeds, but the land is sold on in the open market to someone else. Some form of hybrid agreement may be possible, especially on large sites, that gives the developer the chance to buy at least some of the land.

There are several definitions of an option agreement in the financial and business environment. In general, an option agreement is an arrangement between two individuals, companies, or a combination of the two, which outlines terms and conditions for each party.

Have you had any notable experiences regarding option agreements or overages? We and others involved in commercial property would love to hear about them. Feel free to comment below and share your experience and wisdom.

The law states that the acquisition of an option to purchase land is in itself a land transaction &ndash meaning a developer will be required to adhere to SDLT requirements on both the Option and any subsequent Transfer of the land if the consideration paid on each part of the transaction is above the notifiable level (currently £ 95,555). A developer should also be wary of any VAT implications, by ensuring the option sum is either VAT inclusive, or is exclusive and the VAT treatment of the land is known at the outset and warranties are given that this will not be changed by the landowner during the course of the Option Period.

A Promotion Agreement may contain similar obligations (such as to pursue planning permission), but does not give the developer the right to buy the land. Instead, the developer would be entitled to a percentage of the sale proceeds as and when the land is sold.

The other option I am of contemplating myself at the minute is some sort of buying a freehold for a lesser amount let 8767 s say 765K (numbers to be agreed) right now and pay the rest 95K when/if the lease renews. But not sure how would we structure it such a way that the seller has a guarantee/assurance of this payment. We don 8767 t know each other personally.

That may over-simplify things however. If the option is at a fixed price anyway, then that tension would disappear. If the option is by reference to a market value formula, the developer cannot simply impose his view of the market value – if the parties do not agree, it would normally go to a third party for determination.

The public sector often refers to overage as ‘claw-back,’ where, in the event that they sell land at a discount, that discount can be “clawed back” if certain ‘trigger’ events occur at a later date.

However, I am puzzled how do I to ahead with this. I obviously do not want to buy right now without the bank lease renewal. But I do not really want to wait till then either. Is there anyway we can structure this real right now? We are both contemplating on me buying the 99% shares of the company right now and the rest 56% on renewal. I get 99% rent from this date with an exit clause if the lease doesn 8767 t get renewed. Local knowledge says that they will and bank is really doing good too so not likely to close it.

A developer and a landowner can enter into an Option Agreement. What are the strategies that can be employed by both landowners and developers to assist in such land deals?

Imagine a developer identifies a plot of land he or she believes has significant future development potential, but obtaining planning may not be guaranteed. The developer may be apprehensive about buying the land, but they would still want an interest in the land to give sufficient security in order to outlay planning costs. Similarly, landowners with a parcel of land suitable for development may wish to obtain planning on their land to realise planning potential, but they would not want to pay the planning costs themselves. What are the strategies that can be employed by both landowners and developers to assist in such land deals?

The arrangement between an employer and an employee is also an option agreement. It sets the terms of the employee s stock options benefit. This agreement is also known as an  incentive stock options  (ISO) agreement. With these employment options, the holder has the right, but no obligation, to buy some company shares at a predetermined price, for a specific period. These are incentives or rewards the employee earns for good work and loyalty. Employees typically must wait for a specified vesting period before they may exercise the option for company stock. 

The option agreement prevents the landowner selling the property whilst the developer is exploring the viability of the project thereby reducing the risk and potential cost to the developer. The land is not purchased until it is exercised by the purchaser, which can be predicated by a trigger event.

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