- There must be more than one party to the agreement.
- The consideration (money or money's worth) must be lawful.
- There must be unbiased consent from both parties.
When a person enters a contract, he legally binds himself into an obligation that he has to fulfill. For example, 'A' a consumer goes to the supermarket owned and operated by 'B' to buy grocery supplies. Here, it is the duty of A to pay up the total of bill as a consideration for the goods that he has purchased. Paying the consideration to B is a legal obligation of B and without paying he cannot leave the market. Similarly, B has to provide A with the goods and services, of an unbiased nature, in totality, as the consideration against the sum of money that he is taking from A.
Providing the said goods are termed as a legal obligation. Breach of contract is basically an assistance or refusal to perform the said obligations. In common parlance, such a subsistence from performance of obligation is treated as a breach, but people don't go to the courts immediately to file a case suit. Based upon its nature, either some solution is worked out or the court steps in.
Contract elements include a variety of different features, such as obligation, performance, time constraint, etc. The following is the explanation to the elements of a contract that can be breached by a person.
- Breach of Obligation: As mentioned above, after entering into an agreement, all parties are legally bound to an obligation. It means that with the performance of this obligation, the contract cannot be held as performed or discharged. For example, if you get into a taxi, the taxi driver will have to drive you to a location, that you request him to. Against this service, you are required to pay the said fare to the driver. Non-fulfillment of any of the obligations, is held as a violation of contract.
- Breach of Performance: A performance or specific performance is specification of consideration that has to be performed. The logic of the concept of performance is that the obligation has to be fulfilled in totality. For example, if you walk into a diner, and order a burger, then the diner cannot serve you a burger without the base bread. Similarly if the burger costs $5, then you cannot just hand in $4.50. The partial fulfillment of the obligation is also a violation, and is termed as non-performance.
- Breach of Time Constraint: In business organizations, the element of time is essential. In such a scenario, the time of performance of the obligation is specified along with an additional grace period. Payments, delivery of goods, and performance of specified services, come under the rule of timely performance of obligation. In such a situation, if the time specification is not followed, the contract is said to be violated.