Would anyone looking at the exchange of emails construe that this was an agreement just looking at it in plain English?
Are they now asking for more money or is that what you are suspecting?
If itwas stated to be subject to contract, then you definitelycannot rely on it. However, there is a statutory provision which clarifies even further.
The Law of Property Act 1925 and Law of Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1989 says that any agreement for property/land must be in writing and signed by the parties and although this is in writing, it is not signed by the parties.
You will be familiar with the phrase “exchange of contracts” and that is exactly the effect of exchanging signed contract is. The same philosophy would apply here.
In effect, he is able to gazump you or simply move the price.
Stokes v Cambridge is to do with a compulsory purchase of a ransom strip so to be honest, doesn’t apply here. The situation is actually somewhat more favourable for youbecause this is not compensation for compulsory purchase. The seller can charge any price he likes and you are free to accept that or not.
Of course, if he wants to much, you simply don’t go ahead and he loses everything.
You are, in effect calling his bluff as indeed he is calling yours.
I’m sorry but based upon what you have said, you would not be able to enforce the amount stated in the email.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
What you could do is tell them that the £30,000 offer stands, take it or leave it, and come back to you if ever he changes his mind.
I would make sure that whoever you were dealing with earlier is copied in on the correspondence so that they will be aware that this intervening “person” has screwed the whole job up and deprived them of £30,000by trying to push the matter to get more money out of you.
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We can still exchange emails. Best wishes.