Room renting is a housing option for people in Singapore who can’t afford to purchase their own homes. It is a common thing mostly for Singapore PRs who can’t find the finances or requirements yet to buy their own homes. Renting may be good to some, but problems and issues are sometimes reported by other people. In Singapore, laws, and policies regarding rental agreements favor landlords and on very seldom occasion rarely side with tenants. Therefore tenants should be aware of important things in renting such as:
Landlords Can Enter a Tenant’s Room Without Their Permission or Knowledge.
The landlord is the owner of the property which tenant’s rent and legally he has the right to enter any part of his property including the rent out a room. Tenants can safeguard their right to privacy by including clauses in theory Tenant’s Agreement regarding the subject matter.
Renting Rooms Through a Master Tenant.
Tenants need to make sure that they are dealing with the landlord or the landlord’s agent when it comes to renting a unit, not just with a Master Tenant. Subletting rooms for rent should not be done by Master Tenants unless it is explicitly allowed by the landlord. This ensures that tenants are renting a unit legally to avoid any mishaps with the law. If dealing with a Master Tenant, one must make sure to have his name included in the main tenancy agreement that the master tenant is on and have the document signed off by the owner.
Rooms that are Overcrowded.
There strict rules about the number of people who can stay in HDB flats and private residences. Aside from this, there are specific regulations set for partitioning these properties as well. For HBD flats rules for the number of maximum people allowed to rent depends on the number of bedrooms owners can sublet. And for private properties, a maximum of 8 persons is allowed, and each should have at least 10sqm of space provided.
Minimum Term Lease is at Least 6 Months.
The law requires for lease agreements to be at least six months and below the required is illegal. Tenants should be wary about lease offering below the required months. This applies to HBD flats and private properties as well, however private properties can offer leases below the minimum as long as the owners have approval and is allowed to do so by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Landlords Living with their Tenants.
These are problems when living with the landlord. Sometimes tenants cannot handle their landlord’s behavior as a roommate. This gets awkward and hard to deal with when complaints are brought up.
These are the important things tenants should be aware of when renting. It is important to obtain accurate knowledge before renting to protect one’s rights. To avoid becoming victims of certain kinds of landlords, tenants can arm themselves with knowledge about renting in Singapore and learn ways on how to take control of their rights as tenants.