How long can a landlord delay signing the contract after receiving the payment? ** RESOLVED ** in Residential and Commercial lettings/Freehold issues Posted November 14, 2016 · Edited November 14, 2016 by danldn76 There is finally a happy ending to this. On Friday morning I went to the LA and made it clear that I wanted a deadline by the following week, after which I wanted to pull out at zero cost, otherwise I would have held them responsible for the costs incurred in case the letting had fallen through, and was going to seek legal advice in order to safeguard my interests. Then I rang in the afternoon, and they said "Ironically, the moment you walked out of the office, the landlord's wife called saying he'd been ill and working very long shifts, and apologised for not signing earlier" (BTW, typically when you are ill you work very long shifts, don't you?) Long story short, I got the signed contract in the evening. Not sure what happened there, I don't believe what they say, the only conclusion i can draw is that raising my voice was the the only way to make things proceed faster and obtain what was right. Thanks everyone for you contribution!