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My plan about relocation

Postby GermanMonkey » Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:38 am

Hey,

I am so happy that I have found this board. So far I got so much information out of it. Thank you!

I planing to moving aboard. I received a very nice offer out of Singapore. Unfortunately they don't pay anything for relocation.

Now I want to introduce my plan regarding my relocation, and hope to get some advices from the experts here.

I planed to look for the first time for a airbnb apartment or room (maybe a room would be better to get some connections?). I thought about a week. In this time I would look for a nice condo to live. Is this realistic - or totally stupid?

I thought I will only move my clothing and some IT stuff. Moving more stuff seams to be really expansive? Do I am right?

Hope to get here some advices for my relocation.

Best Wishes,
a german Monkey

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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby GermanMonkey » Mon, 18 Jul 2016 4:39 pm

Thank you. I will take a look.

Any other hints?
Is one week for finding a condo realistic?

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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby bgd » Mon, 18 Jul 2016 5:07 pm

I have done it in less than a week but I've been here a while and knew what I wanted. My experience is that most people get their first condo wrong, I did when I first arrived. If you haven't already, post the template (do a search) and people will advise on the areas to target your search based on budget, work location, etc.

Personally I would bring very little. If you need to furnish you can do it cheaply.

In theory Airbnb is illegal here, all tourist accommodation is supposed to be in hotels. Not sure what it is like in practise. If you do need a hotel check out booking.com or similar, cheap deals can be had, even in Sg.

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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby maneo » Mon, 18 Jul 2016 7:48 pm

People are finding accommodations in SG via AirBNB.

You could also check Hotels.com, which has a friendly enough interface with filters for daily rent & location.

One week may not be enough - itdepends on how thorough you do your research.

Does the HR for the company you're joining have any helpful advice for what locations to consider?

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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:24 am

maneo wrote:People are finding accommodations in SG via AirBNB.

You could also check Hotels.com, which has a friendly enough interface with filters for daily rent & location.


URA has started cracking down on AirBnB.

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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby GermanMonkey » Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:39 am

Hey Guys, thank you so much for the many advices!

Oh really airBNB is forbidden? Did't now. I hope it will be alive until November. :)

I already got specific Ideas of my future apartment. I am already checking on keylocation (really nice for checking), 99co, and .. But how now if they still available when I reach the Island. My budget is max 4000 S$ and the future work is near China Town. So I mainly checking in the east.

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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 19 Jul 2016 1:35 am

There is a rule on the books of the Urban Redevelopment Authority that states that rentals have to be for a minimum of six months, yet at the same time there are many airBNB and other short term rentals available. Some say the rules apply to all properties in Singapore, others (me) say they apply to HDB properties and that private properties are free to do what they will, subject to their maintenance or homeowner covenants. They will be around and it won't be your issue.

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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby therat » Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:22 am

Quote from URA
https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/buy-property ... ntial.aspx

Renting out private residential properties
Private residential properties or the rooms within their premises should not be rented out on a short-term basis for less than six months on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.

You also can google subject "Short-term home rentals illegal, warn authorities" post from SPH which I cannot provide the link.

URA letter
https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/media-room/f ... 13-19.aspx
Quote from above link
Owners of private residential properties should similarly comply with the URA's guidelines if they wish to lease or sublet their residential units or rooms. Private residential properties are meant for longer-term stays of six months or more.

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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:06 am

I've posted those links on here several times over the past couple of years. Thanks for posting them again Therat, People are too lazy to use the search engine here. ;-)

viewtopic.php?p=669600#p669600

viewtopic.php?p=685040#p685040

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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:20 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:People are too lazy to use the search engine here. ;-)


That must be me! :oops: I stand corrected. Nevertheless, regardless of statutes, and assuming the OP doesn't get ripped off by the many false advertisements, temporary rooms are readily available.

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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby JR8 » Tue, 19 Jul 2016 3:31 pm

therat wrote:Quote from URA:
Private residential properties or the rooms within their premises should [edit]...
Owners of private residential properties should similarly comply with the URA's guidelines [edit]...


Interesting phrasing above. IME in the drafting of regulations, bye-laws etc there is a very clear distinction between 'should' and 'must'. The former being 'best practice', and breach of the latter effectively being 'breaking the law'.

By coincidence perhaps, only now I notice the final word in the edited quote above - 'guidelines'. That would seem to reinforce the above point :-k
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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby maneo » Tue, 19 Jul 2016 4:00 pm

Yes, it's been stated before that private condοs come under the purview of the URA, which only has guidelines. However, the URA can enforce these guidelines if there are complaints.

Condοs are enacting rules to prohibit short-term rentals, like AirBNB, but the difficulty will be in proving that a financial transaction has occurred. AirBNB protects the identities of both parties.

If someone provides their place on only an occasional basis, they can get away with saying that they are merely letting their "friends" stay in their place.

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Re: My plan about relocation

Postby ecureilx » Tue, 19 Jul 2016 5:00 pm

maneo wrote:If someone provides their place on only an occasional basis, they can get away with saying that they are merely letting their "friends" stay in their place.


Now you know why some landlords are so scared of losing their property, they insist on "NO VISITORS STAYING OVER" Rule ? :)

One of the cases URA investigated had turned out as the main tenant was renting out the whole place and in turn, he had been renting another place :) Must have been a profitable business ;)


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