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Having a well-drafted contract is very important in real estate transactions. When property prices are rising, some sellers might try to cancel their contract if they receive a higher offer than yours. If you are facing a real estate litigation matter such as a contract dispute, you may be able to file a lawsuit asking the court to force the seller to sell the property to you.
If your contract is well-drafted and the seller refuses to sell the property to you for a legitimate reason, you may be able to file an action against the seller for specific performance and record a lis pendens against the property, which will prevent the seller from selling the property to another buyer. Conversely, if a buyer refuses to honor his obligations under a purchase agreement, the seller may file a suit against the buyer, forcing him to buy the property.
Plaintiffs must establish the following elements to bring a lawsuit for specific performance:
- An enforceable contract exists between the parties
- Adequate payment
- The plaintiff performed their part under the contract or has a valid excuse for nonperformance
- The defendant breached the contract
- Proof that damages or another remedy at law are insufficient
FAQ: Lis Pendens
Question #1: What is a lis pendens?
A: The phrase “lis pendens” is Latin for a pending suit. A lis pendens is a legal notice that warns prospective interest holders in real property that the real property is involved in legal action. This means the claimant must file a lawsuit before recording the lis pendens with the office of the county recorder.
Question #2: Why should a person record a lis pendens?
A: While recording the lis pendens doesn’t legally prevent a buyer from purchasing the property, the buyer risks losing the property to the claimant if the claimant ends up winning in litigation and is legally entitled to the property.
Question #3: Who can record a lis pendens?
A: Parties connected to a lawsuit asserting a real property claim can record a lis pendens. Under Cal. Code Civ. Proc. § 405.4, a real property claim is defined as a pleading which, if meritorious, affects title to, or the right to possession of, specific real property or the use of an easement.
Question #4: Can I record a lis pendens against a seller who refuses to close escrow?
A: You can record a lis pendens if you pursue a legal claim against the seller for specific performance of the contract. If the buyer is only interested in recovering their deposit or money damages, then a lis pendens should not be recorded.
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At Azadegan Law Group, APC, we have handled countless specific performance actions, successfully forcing buyers or sellers to perform under the terms of their contract. If you have any questions about your rights when it comes to purchasing or selling real estate, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our firm.
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