Question posted in the Property Law category relating to Eastern Cape
I was staying in a place for one month and then lockdown was enforced and the university enstructed students to go back home. I then went back home to my parents home.
The owner of the place where I was staying never gave me a written contract and just sent me a voicenote stating what the rent will be. I never replied to the message. I payed for the month that I stayed.
Five months into lock down I receive a email from the owner saying that I owe him money for the months that I wasn't staying there.
As there was no contract or terms and conditions just a voicenote that I never replied on. What is my rights?
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I think that the fact that you moved into the flat indicates that you accepted his voice note, and that there is a legal agreement between the two of you - even if it is an implied agreement.
You need to give the landlord notice of cancellation of your lease now.
Regarding the arrears for the last 4 months, you might have a problem...
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