My partner and I have made an offer on a house which has been accepted and we would due to exchange contracts next week. She has now said it is too soon for us to live together but I can’t afford to buy on my own. Can we walk away from this, or is it too late?
Fortunately, it is not too late as you may withdraw from any transaction prior to contracts being unconditionally exchanged. Despite your being virtually on the point of exchanging contracts, it is possible for either party to withdraw from the transaction. You are, therefore, free to withdraw without any obligation to indemnify the seller for any of his abortive costs or for any inconvenience caused.
A late withdrawal like this often infuriates the innocent party as they have no recourse to make any claim for the recovery of their abortive costs. All you can do is apologise to the seller for your late withdrawal, which is due to a change in your personal circumstances which are clearly beyond your control.