Hi All, After many sales and purchases, have not really gone into some of the finer legal aspects of property law, in fact, have never really needed too, but would like to discuss some of the above. My understanding of vacant possession, is the property, or namely the dwelling or building and it's improvements should be minus someones belongings, so they should not dump unwanted furniture lets say into the garage or garden shed, it also should have clear title and no lease or other use granted to anyone over the property. As for cleanliness, this one is not that clear, if inspected with cut lawns and no rubbish, should be like this to settle, if it was a mess already, then you may have no leg to stand on. When it comes to working appliances and say keys, this is not so clear, I have never asked for the contract to be re worded to cover all these little things, but would be interesting to discuss what sort of state appliances should be in (in regard to operation) & if any items are listed on the contract, would this mean it would be reasonable to expect that not only are they there, but they are in fact operational. What is the best course do you feel if say a listed item is not there on final inspection, or listed items are not functional ? What about non listed appliances that you have not been able to check until final inspection, where do you stand here if you were to insist. My thoughts are always to settle unless some major damage, have done this many times and retained some funds, but what I do not know, is this retention something as a purchaser you can force, even if your dealing with a difficult vendors solicitor. Also, at times, I have been handed 1 key out of an expected 10+ , no remotes or broken remotes, or even no keys at all, if the vendor and solicitor have been reasonable and negotiated with us in good faith I have not worried about these things too much, especially if been given access, but is there any set rules or guidelines you have used for this prior, my last one we were given 1 key, vendor said they never locked house. Keep in mind, I am leaning this toward vendors and solicitors that are difficult, and myself I do not want to litigate, but this brings another question, if you were to seek compensation afterwards, if it is small amount of a few thousand, can you do it through local court small claims.