bigblue wrote:have 4 months left. already have given two months notice and served it.
So I'm confused. Did you have a 24 month lease, stayed 20 months, invoked the diplomatic clause, and gave notice 2 months ago? If all that is correct, it seems you have no further obligations provided the diplomatic clause is validly asserted (meaning, you really have to leave Singapore). If you're saying that you are just a few months into a 24 month lease, then the diplomatic clause cuts your obligation in half (to 12 months) but doesn't help any more than that -- although obviously that's a lot better than a 24 month obligation.
I'm assuming "typical" rental agreement language. That's a big assumption.
It may make more sense if OP post the contract, with the names etc redacted, so JR8 or somebody can give their insight.
For for contract, there is no standardised contract. I have read contracts where the landlord has deleted the tenant's rights for early termination, due to termination of employment etc.
And I have seen contracts which are very detailed, and there is a clause that says something like landlord and tenant may amicably amend the terms, as long as both are in agreement.
Contracts from 1 page to 5 page or longer.
And those who sneakily word it so that any appliance breaks in the house, the tenant has to fix it or replace it, as per the wish of the landlord - yes, seen that too.