Chirichella v. Erwin

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Chirichella v. Erwin
Court Court of Appeals of Maryland
Citation 270 Md. 178, 310 A.2d 555 (1973)
Date decided 1973

Relevant Facts

Plaintiff filed a suit for specific performance for the sale of real estate from the defendants. The Chirichellas had contracted to sell their home to the Erwins for a certain sum, and later refused to sell because of another real estate deal that fell through. The language in their contract stated the date of the sale was to coincide with settlement of the Chirichellas new home in Kettering, approximately in October of 1971. For other reasons, the plans for the new home in Kettering never finalized, and the Chirichellas refused to uphold their contract with the Erwins, claiming that their contract included a condition precedent.


Procedural History

Trial court decree for specific performance.


Issues

Whether the language used in the contract imposed a condition precedent or merely allowed them to delay settlement for a reasonable period of time while the new house was completed.


Holding/Decision

The language was not intended to allow them to void the contract, but was intended to delay settlement for a reasonable period of time while the new house was completed.