Probably not. The email may be evidence of an oral agreement, but if the terms of the oral agreement are not clear and/or if the email merely shows an offer during the negotiation stage, there would not be an oral agreement. Here, it seems you have not yet discussed the rent amount or other details. Generally speaking, an oral agreement would not be enforceable with respect to leasing real property.
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1. You seemed to be merely soliciting her to engage in a dialogue with you about 2 possible options to consider if in fact she even wanted to stay on as a tenant. I do not see this as an offer being made by you, especially since you did not offer a lease or the price for the new room.
2. Her email back to you seems to comport with your thinking on the matter to the extent the tenant says "she MAY WANT TO to move upstairs." clearly she did not take your communication as an offer which she has accepted...in fact even if it was the case her answer/(hedging) was not an acceptance of an offer (theoretically) you made to her.
3. How was her original lease concluded/signed, etc? Does it have a renewal clause that says NOTICE of renewal is fine by email? I doubt it very much.
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