right of first refusal(redirected from Right of first offer)
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Right of first refusal
Right of First Refusal
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The right to buy or rent real property if and when the owner decides to sell or lease.The owner is under no obligation to ever sell or lease,though.Contrast this with an option, in which the the person who wants to buy or lease (optionee) has a legal right to require the owner (optionor) to sell or lease,but the optionee does not have any obligation to buy or lease.With a right of first refusal,control is in the owner.With an option,control is in the other person.
Care should be taken when drafting a right of first refusal.The parties should specify an expiration date, a price or method of calculating the price, and what happens if the purchaser-lessee declines to buy or lease at a particular point: Does the right of first refusal end, or does it continue to the next time?
The parties should give particular thought and attention to describing the triggering event.What gives rise to the ability to exercise the right of first refusal? Is it the owner merely soliciting offers, or must there be a bona fide offer from a third party before the party will be notified and given the first opportunity to buy or lease? What if the owner dies? Does the party have a right to buy the property before it passes to the heirs?
right of first refusal
The right to match a third-party's offer and purchase property if it is offered for sale. The owner has no obligation to sell to anyone, however. The term “right of first refusal” is often used interchangeably with option,but an owner who grants an option is obligated to sell if the recipient of the option chooses to exercise it. Contrast right of first offer.