This is very similar to a down payment on a sales contract, which is why the lease option and the purchase of leasing are so often confused. A leasing option also provides for cross-default clauses and the option fees mentioned above are generally non-refundable. When a rental owner chooses to exercise their option to purchase the property, the option fee is usually charged to the purchase price, but an additional down payment may be required if the parties enter into the contract of sale. If the tenant/buyer is unable to acquire the house due to a lack of financing, the tenant and landlord may agree to extend the option period, turn the lease into a traditional lease or terminate the contract with the extract of the tenant and landlord who is looking for other tenants or buyers.  Hire-purchase agreements are not everyone`s responsibility. Since the successful conclusion of the contract and the sale transaction requires traditional financing, people whose circumstances do not allow them to obtain a mortgage should renounce leases. If you have any questions regarding the purchase of leasing, the rental option or a real estate transaction, please contact us. (Note: Normally, the owner/seller holds legal and fair title (also advantageous) for the duration of the lease agreement, but this depends on the facts and the drafting of the lease option and purchase documents. It all depends on whether a court decides that the contract should be considered a mortgage under F.S. 697.01. This is an important reflection, because it can make the difference between the lessor / seller who has the reparation of the eviction or the forced execution in case of delay of tenant / buyer). Typically, this type of agreement contains so-called “cross-default” clauses to ensure that a breach of one of the agreements automatically results in a breach of the other. As the lessee-buyer has entered into a contract for the purchase of the property as part of a leasing purchase, the lease agreement often provides that the tenant buyer is responsible for the maintenance and repairs that are typically the owner`s obligation….