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Should I choose another place and lose money or stay?

Postby L-Ian » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 7:52 am

I've been searching for a room and 4 days ago found one at Rochor Centre. The place is really convenient so I placed an amount of money in cash and promised to move at the end of Feb (but I've not signed anything yet). The landlady issued me a receipt for the money I handed, stated that it's partially deposit. But later I discovered that Rochor will be taken down by 2016 for highway and the main construction will start at 2015 (mean can be very noisy and dirty). I want to stay for at least 2 years I don't want to settle down then run around again looking for new home!

I understand that I will lose the money if I decided to back out. I also know that I can sign the contract for 1 year only then move out. Should I look for another place and lose the money (I have no prob accept that fate) or stay for 1 year then move out again? If I find another tenant to replace me will the money be given back to me? I need to decide soon :(

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Postby Sergei82 » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 9:57 am

Why you will lose money if you didn't sign anything and have the receipt?

And yes, the landlady has screwed you like a girl. :(

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Re: Should I choose another place and lose money or stay?

Postby JR8 » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:27 am

Every contract I’ve seen here is for 12 months (and has a renewal option in it). I’m a little puzzled why you’ve rented a place for a year, and are concerned with what will happen commencing after that term. Of course I appreciate it’s nice to feel you’ll get settled in, and have open options one year hence, but an awful lot can change in a year. Perhaps in a year, knowing the place much better, you will have a screamingly good offer to take up a place in another neighbourhood?

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:19 am

HDBs are now limited to 18month approvals for sublet from HDB, so she cannot reasonably give you more than a 1yr term with option to renew subject to HDB approval after.

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Postby L-Ian » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 1:17 pm

I've just come here so I don't know much about Singapore laws. That room is recommended for me by a friend (the landlady is his neighbor). After I discovered that Rochor centre would be taken down I tried to require the money back but the landlady wouldn't give said that because I placed the deposit she declined other offers. That's why I think she won't give me back the money if I back out.
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Postby Sergei82 » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 1:29 pm

L-Ian wrote:... because I placed the deposit she declined other offers...

So what? Why should it be your problem? You need your own money that she holds!

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Postby L-Ian » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 1:45 pm

Since I read that good faith money will be forfeited if I break the deal but I have not signed anything yet so can I take the problem to Small Claims Court if she insists on not giving the money back?

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Postby Sergei82 » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 1:46 pm

Report to police.

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Postby the lynx » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 1:46 pm

I guess it is possible because you have the receipt issued by her for the money.

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 2:06 pm

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i.e. Tell her what you want,
By when.
Give her reasonable time
Spell out the precise consequences of not doing so (police/Small Claims etc).
If needed, do what you say you will.

It's all about providing an exit route out (that meets your needs), rather than immediately starting World War 3.

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 5:54 pm

You can try what JR is saying, but IMO you're at fault. She isn't obliged to tell you the building is being torn down in 2016 (although it's rather well known common knowledge) especially since she couldn't legally lease it to you for that long anyway. You put down money for a unit you were happy with at the time, and there is nothing stopping you from occupying it for the legal amount of time you'd be allowed to. Consider it a tough lesson learned. Move in and stay for the year, and spend the time exploring Singapore and find a place you like more to move to.

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Postby L-Ian » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 6:44 pm

I know. I have prepared to lose partial or all of the money anyway. But if still has any hope of get some back I'll try my best. Hope this can settle well. :(

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Postby Sergei82 » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 6:50 pm

How much money did you give her?

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Postby L-Ian » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 8:30 pm

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Postby L-Ian » Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:04 pm

400$. Now she is requiring to keep all my deposit. Not unexpected at all. I offer to find another tenant to replace me but she goes all silent. I just want to make sure I can bring the problem to police/small claims since there is no legal bonding between me and the room but in Singapore a verbal agreement is legal she can claim it, besides the laws favor owners I don't put too much hope lah. I guess I'll just let it be, considered a lesson learned.


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