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.
One of the most important things you can build into these documents is a clause that allows you to perform proper "due diligence" on the property. Basically you want to make sure that you have time to review all of the necessary financial information, management documents, and fully inspect the property itself BEFORE you finalize the purchase of the property. If things are not what they appear to be on the surface, it is better to find out now _ before you own the property than 6 months down the road.