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by missfong02
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Landlord refusing security deposit
Replies: 97
Views: 59132

Re: Landlord refusing security deposit

Hi Chetan84 - thanks for your feedback. It is disappointing to hear about the behaviour of the registrar. Seems to be a complete failure of arbitration IMOH, but at least you got something back. I guess as mentioned previously, the system is still in its infancy, so only time will tell if the entire...
by missfong02
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Landlord refusing security deposit
Replies: 97
Views: 59132

Re: Landlord refusing security deposit

x9200 - haha i had no idea it could/would be this bad, and unfortunately it seems it is very often people run into the wrong type of LL or agent. (But then again, when it comes to these issues, how many people complain of these issues vs celebrate an easy tenancy process? So my comment on very often...
by missfong02
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA

Hi all, Update: We got our deposit back today. For anyone in a similar situation, this is what we did: 1. Sent an informal letter of demand via email to the LL's agent: - We outlined the key terms they have agreed to in the LOI and provided them a timeline of events as to our communications and thei...
by missfong02
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Landlord refusing security deposit
Replies: 97
Views: 59132

Re: Landlord refusing security deposit

What is the point of having a system that is supposedly meant to deal with these issues if the judgement cannot be enforced? It would seem as though the system has been set up to incentivise corruption and scam honest people out of their money. If the "normal" route gets you nowhere, what are the ot...
by missfong02
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Landlord refusing security deposit
Replies: 97
Views: 59132

Re: Landlord refusing security deposit

@x9200: He just mentioned 'residential address'. After I mentioned that the LL may be living overseas, he said the SCT won't be able to do much in that case and that I'll need to take it up in the Magistrate Court, which has more power in terms of being able to send the notice outside of Singapore,...
by missfong02
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Landlord is in breach of contract. Where to go for help?
Replies: 9
Views: 3210

Re: Landlord is in breach of contract. Where to go for help?

Anna-Belle Elizabeth Cao wrote: Is there anyone we can contact to help us fight this? A lawyer for example? I know we can go via the small claims court but I would really like someone professional to help us as we're new here.
Just wondering if you got any resolution on this or found a lawyer?
Thanks
by missfong02
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA

We have emails from the LL agent saying they will wait for the IPA, but i think our agent only verbally told them of the delay. otherwise he may have text messages informing them...
by missfong02
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA

Hi - Update. I found out that the agent has readvertised the property prior to the landlord informing us they were "not agreeable" on the EP delay. The agent does not seem to understand that they cannot do this. Isn't the point of the booking deposit meant to hold the property until we sign the TA, ...
by missfong02
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: LOI signed but no TA produced within 7 days
Replies: 11
Views: 4706

Re: LOI signed but no TA produced within 7 days

Hi chapung, Thanks so much for your reply. I also have evidence (and recently found out) that they advertised the property prior to any confirmation of renegotiating the dates for a new LOI. (Our LOI states that if we dont' get EP approval by a certain date, we had to renegotiate key dates). In our ...
by missfong02
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA

Thanks X9200 and JR8 - your advice and help really is valuable for us. Coming from Australia, I never had this kind of issue before and I naively thought that Singapore would have the same standards. I generally think people are decent human beings, but my experience in Singapore thus far has indica...
by missfong02
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA

JR8 - The agent is from VCRS Investments Pte Ltd - are they considered reputable? I think they are licensed. They have quoted a license number on the . site. Our agent sent them the LOI and we told them there would be a delay in the EP. But the LL's agent still said "we will wait for your client ipa...
by missfong02
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA

You saw the IC right, in your own hand? Otherwise the 'audit trail' of this payment is very light. Maybe why the LL thinks he can do what ever he likes? No - it was all through the agent. No IC was provided to us. We have a screenshot of our deposit transfer though... How does this change things?
by missfong02
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA

Hi x9200,

1. No deposit receipt - we made a bank transfer.
2. I think the LL is Singaporean. The only details I have is their name and NRIC numbers. I will google and see what comes up.
by missfong02
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 2:47 am
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA

Typical LOI has no legal binding power. The LL bought the items at his own risk. He should have waited for the TA to be signed. All your deposit should go back to you. Thanks :) That was what we were thinking, but they are refusing to return the deposit. Though we were told by the agent's legal tea...
by missfong02
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Tenancy agreements/leases and your rights as a tenant
Replies: 792
Views: 555268

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MOFOBRO - gosh that's a bit tough! what's your story? they got you real bad? Sorry for the delayed reply... no they havent yet... but we move the end of August and I'll let you know. I've heard so many horror stories from my friends, you kinda want to load up on a 1 kilo tub of vasoline before you ...

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