- Alan advertises a room to rent in a joint tenancy property in which they are lead tenant
- Zoe views the room and verbally expresses an interest in renting it
- Alan passes on Zoe's contact details to the estate agent
- The estate agent contacts Zoe by email, providing a draft contract and asking for further information in order to complete her details
- Zoe provides the requested details, again by email
- The contract is drawn up and the estate agents inform both Alan and Zoe that it is ready to be signed
- A week later (having not yet signed), Zoe informs the estate agent that she no longer wants to take the room
In UK law, is it possible that the email correspondence between Zoe and the estate agent would provide strong enough evidence of intention for Zoe to be held liable for costs incurred by Alan and/or the landlord of the property as a result of her late withdrawal?
So far I have found guidance which states that a verbal agreement is rarely considered binding with respect to tenancy agreements, but no clear information about written agreement prior to signing or liability in such a circumstance.