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Small Claims tribunal

Post by rcck » Mon, 10 Apr 2017 1:15 am

At the completion of my tenancy, the landlord and his agent exaggerated minor blemishes and claimed "damage" to the property, while by any reasonable standard it would be considered wear and tear. They refused to have any discussion on the matter, and they have refunded almost $2K less than what I feel I should be owed for my deposit. I have no choice but to fight the matter in the Small Claims tribunal, but I am worried about the potential costs and how judgement can be enforced.
Does anyone have any experience in lodging a small claims tribunal in Singapore, and what to expect? I know there is a website, but more often than not, unexpected things happen when it comes bureaucratic institutions in Singapore. Cheers

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Re: Small Claims tribunal

Post by x9200 » Mon, 10 Apr 2017 8:37 am

rcck wrote:At the completion of my tenancy, the landlord and his agent exaggerated minor blemishes and claimed "damage" to the property, while by any reasonable standard it would be considered wear and tear. They refused to have any discussion on the matter, and they have refunded almost $2K less than what I feel I should be owed for my deposit. I have no choice but to fight the matter in the Small Claims tribunal, but I am worried about the potential costs and how judgement can be enforced.
Does anyone have any experience in lodging a small claims tribunal in Singapore, and what to expect? I know there is a website, but more often than not, unexpected things happen when it comes bureaucratic institutions in Singapore. Cheers
Suing in SCT is cheap. Counting the hard cash it is ca SGD10-20 and the parties should NOT be represented by any lawyer.
Executing the order could be much more costly and more difficult.
Another pitfall is, when your landlord lives abroad - SCT seems to have restriction to deliver its notices etc. only to the local addresses. I also recall people having troubles if the address is the property in concern - SCT wants to be sure the landlord really received what s/he should receive.

Despite of the above, it is still and often the only way to go. Many landlords pay after the case is ruled against them, and probably only small fraction don't and requires enforcement.

There was a case, I believe ~2y ago, describing in details on this forum the whole process, from suing to successful (eventually) execution. If you look for the word "bailiff" and some other related wording (SCT, claim, landlord, LL) you should be able to find the thread.

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Re: Small Claims tribunal

Post by PNGMK » Mon, 10 Apr 2017 9:01 am

rcck wrote:At the completion of my tenancy, the landlord and his agent exaggerated minor blemishes and claimed "damage" to the property, while by any reasonable standard it would be considered wear and tear. They refused to have any discussion on the matter, and they have refunded almost $2K less than what I feel I should be owed for my deposit. I have no choice but to fight the matter in the Small Claims tribunal, but I am worried about the potential costs and how judgement can be enforced.
Does anyone have any experience in lodging a small claims tribunal in Singapore, and what to expect? I know there is a website, but more often than not, unexpected things happen when it comes bureaucratic institutions in Singapore. Cheers
Do it. In the SCT if possible mention if your LL is overseas and request the magistrate order garnishment of the LL local bank account and rent receipts if possible. EVEN THE MENTION OF THIS should bring out a positive reaction from the most slimy cockroach of a thieving slitty eyed landlord.
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Re: Small Claims tribunal

Post by brian_singapore » Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:19 am

Many landlords will step up and settle a dispute once the SCT is mentioned; purely because even if they think they are right, they think it will be less hassle then going through the process.

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Re: Small Claims tribunal

Post by ludwig12 » Sat, 15 Apr 2017 7:34 am

rcck wrote:At the completion of my tenancy, the landlord and his agent exaggerated minor blemishes and claimed "damage" to the property, while by any reasonable standard it would be considered wear and tear. They refused to have any discussion on the matter, and they have refunded almost $2K less than what I feel I should be owed for my deposit. I have no choice but to fight the matter in the Small Claims tribunal, but I am worried about the potential costs and how judgement can be enforced.
Does anyone have any experience in lodging a small claims tribunal in Singapore, and what to expect? I know there is a website, but more often than not, unexpected things happen when it comes bureaucratic institutions in Singapore. Cheers
Yes, went there, done that. Here is the link: viewtopic.php?t=100447

Don't let landlord get away with this kind of abuse.

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Re: Small Claims tribunal

Post by rcck » Sat, 15 Apr 2017 1:52 pm

Thank you everyone for the advice. I am proceeding with the SCT claim and hope to report back victorious!

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