12 Apr Should I enter into a put & call option when selling? The short answer not in a million years.
In a decision that leads to an absurd consequence, his honour Darke J on 22 March 2021 determined that a vendor exercising a put option is now required to attach a s66W certificate, waiving the purchaser’s rights to a cooling off period. The practical effect of this is to create a situation that a put option no longer gives the certainty to a vendor that it used to.
The problem? The s66W certificate must be given by the purchaser’s solicitor which in circumstances where the purchaser did not exercise the call option becomes a near impossibility.
The consequence? A vendor must weight the possibility that a purchaser will cool off if they exercise the put option and instead of keeping the whole of the deposit be forced to return all but 0.25% of the purchase price.
At Paragraph 55 of the decision in BP7 Pty v Gavancorp Pty Ltd  NSWSC 265 Darke J defines option to purchase as follows
I have concluded that the expression “option to purchase” as found within Division 9 and s 66T(d) should be construed to mean an option in the nature of a call option, which gives the holder or grantee the right to purchase the relevant property. I have reached the same conclusion in respect of the expression “option granted for the purchase” found within s 66ZG. In my view, that expression does not bear a different or wider meaning.
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