Can what’s app messages and email correspondence become binding agreements? Two weeks after renting a cottage for 5000 rand a month all inclusive, I was asked to move into the main house and care for the dogs when the owner decided to go abroad on contract for a whole year. We agreed on a reduced rental of 1500 rand as a caretaker’s compensation. Through what’s app correspondence and emails, I asked for a 6 months lease with an option for a further 6 months which was agreed to. My cottage was subsequently rented out to another tenant. Later, all correspondence was handed over to the landlord’s attorneys who have decided to hike the agreed rental and reduce the lease period to 3 months. They are apparently looking for more money from a new tenant. Do I have a binding agreement?

Category:  Property, Rental Matters

Region: South Africa, Freestate