Richard entered into negotiations with Jasmine, a property agent, for the purchase of a five-room…
Richard entered into negotiations with Jasmine, a property agent, for the purchase of a
five-room re-sale flat in the Redhill area.
Richard told Jasmine that the flat he wished to purchase must be free of any adverse
incident in its history. In other words, nothing terrible must have happened inside the
flat. Richard explained that his wife was very superstitious over such matters.
Two weeks later, Jasmine chanced upon a seller of a five-room flat in the Redhill area
who wished to sell his flat due to a murder that occurred in that flat when it was rented
out to foreign workers. Believing that Richard would never know the truth behind the
flat’s history, Jasmine took it upon herself to make false representations to Richard in an
effort to get the flat sold to him and thereby earn her commission.
Jasmine then told Richard that she had found a flat for him. After viewing the flat,
Richard again stipulated his condition that nothing out of the ordinary should have
happened in the flat. Jasmine assured him that no such incident had occurred, stating
that the current owners were selling the flat because they were emigrating to Australia.
After buying the flat and moving in, Richard’s neighbour told him that the former
occupants of flat were two China nationals who were renting it while working in
Singapore and that one day, during a drinking session, one killed the other in the flat.
The previous owner, said the neighbour, felt that the flat carried a bad omen now and
decided to sell it off. Adding further, the neighbour said he was surprised that Richard
did not know this before buying the flat.
Enraged, Richard now intends to rescind the contract. Discuss the grounds upon which
the contract for the sale of flat could be rescinded.