So let's sum things up:* The LOI and similar documentary terms, are non standard, confusing, and lead to ambiguity. * Documentary ambiguity is referred to in trade law as a condition "The Battle of the Forms" in which confusion from contradictory and ambiguous forms and documents damages the transaction. This should be avoided. * To seasoned corporate traders and bankers, using terms like "Letter of Intent" is the mark of amateurs. * What you properly want is an RFQ, request for quotation, from a seller or supplier. The seller may then reply to your RFQ with a quote OR full offer if they wish.
Contingencies _ The buyer's offer is contingent upon certain keys facts being confirmed. One example may be confirming that the current lease is transferable to the new owner. Also, their willingness to buy is contingent upon the due diligence period confirming that everything you have stated about the business is true.