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?