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Renting Condo

Post by mattmac080 » Thu, 16 Jun 2016 1:31 pm

Hi there. My family and I will be moving to Singapore in July from NZ. Our intention is to find an apartment in a condo somewhere but will need to see what is available at the time. We have done our homework and know exactly what we are looking and roughly how much that should cost (thanks .). What I would like to know is what costs other than rent can we expect to pay when living in a condo? Gym? Refuse? Pool maintenance? Or are these included in the rent? I would appreciate any other helpful advice. This is an adventure we are really looking forward to.


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Post by PNGMK » Thu, 16 Jun 2016 2:42 pm

Rent should include all of that with the exception of electrical ("PUB") and phone and maybe internet or cable TV (some LL include that if they already have a contract). You should at the time of inspection ask for anything you need repaired or added in. Do no pay a deposit or sign unless that's agreed in writing. It's quite common to request white goods to be installed or replaced if they look worn and you are on a 12 month or longer contract (i.e. fridges, dryers, washing machines and even beds, TV's and other furniture). Check and ensure all airconditioners are working.
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Post by PNGMK » Thu, 16 Jun 2016 2:43 pm

PS - PUB includes electrical, water, piped gas (not bottles which most condo's use) and refuse disposal.
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Re: Renting Condo

Post by mattmac080 » Thu, 16 Jun 2016 2:45 pm

Any chance of a rough monthly price for PUB?


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Post by PNGMK » Thu, 16 Jun 2016 3:41 pm

Assuming aircon used at night; $200 for small, $400 for big. Depends massively on aircon.
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Post by JR8 » Thu, 16 Jun 2016 7:41 pm

Our PUB bill [3-bed condo] was around about $60-$110/mo (less when we went on holiday). We didn't use air-con, but instead a floor-standing fan [$30-40 each to buy] in occupied bedrooms at night, plus various windows strategically slightly ajar to encourage air-flow. FWIW incl in that bill I had a pretty chunky PC on 18hrs/7d a week.

You'll likely find on arrival the climate is going to be a challenge. And if your first stop is a hotel, you likely can't open any windows and will have to use air-con. So it might feel natural to also think there's a need to air-con your home. It's v expensive, dries out your sinuses etc [a real issue if you ever snore], and is like fighting the tides. Every time you then go out where there isn't air-con you might unnecessarily suffer. Like PNG says, it's air-con usage that will make up the majority of your utils bills.
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