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Gibson v Manchester City Council [1978]


  • Gibson filled in a form from the council that meant he ‘may’ be able to get a mortgage to buy his council house off the council, under a Conservative Party scheme
  • Following further negotiation, Gibson asked the council to proceed with the purchase
  • The council removed Gibson from their list of tenants
  • Following a political change to the Labour Party, the sale was halted


  • Was a binding contract in place when the sale was halted by the council


  • No contract


  • The wording ‘may be able to sell’ in the original letter did not constitute an offer capable of acceptable
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