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Room uninhabitable - termination of contract?

Post by ebenenchef » Wed, 22 Aug 2018 1:15 pm

Hi,

I just moved into a very small room without a window and after I signed the contract and moved in I noticed that the smell was a lot more intense than I remembered from the viewing. (I thought it will disappear when I clean up and turn on the fan etc). Obviously the room is damp but there is no visible mold etc.
Now I also discovered that if I spend 10min in the room I'm starting to feel dizzy and my head starts spinning. So there must be something wrong with it. I definitely can't sleep there.
Is there a possibility to get out of the contract and get my deposit back? Also, is there a department whatsoever that deals with such cases if the landlord does not cooperate?
Thank you for your answers

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 22 Aug 2018 3:28 pm

What were you thinking when you rented an unventilated room? No windows? The reason you get dizzy is that you are depleting the oxygen in the room if the door is closed. It would be like living in a broom closet.

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Post by BBCDoc » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 3:42 am

Did you just rent the bomb shelter??


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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 9:43 am

That's what I'm thinking as it is the only room in an HDB flat without a window. Many FDWs have had to live in those things. :-(

That or a converted walk-in closet.

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Post by bgd » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:05 am

Bomb shelter? Toughen up man. Maids handle it. :wink:

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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 11:46 am

How much deposit did you put up to rent this room?

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Re: Room uninhabitable - termination of contract?

Post by brian_singapore » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 11:48 am

Bomb shelters have ventilation (or all of mine did, at the top above the door).

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Post by therat » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 12:43 pm

brian_singapore wrote:Bomb shelters have ventilation (or all of mine did, at the top above the door).
Provided the owner didnt closed it.

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Post by ebenenchef » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 1:30 pm

Yeah, it's basically an utility room but it actually got shelter instructions on the door. Only paid 500$ deposit plus the same for the first month's rent. But I might be able to upgrade to another room in the neighborhood without paying penalty.

Since it's a very nice apartment with modern amenities and flatmates paying $1500+, I thought I might as well stay in the small room for sleeping only because there is a lounge and balcony as well. But now I figured I can't spend 10 minutes in there, doesn't matter if the door is open and fan turned on. The walls are probably riddled with mold, looks like somebody tried to cover it up with paint but did a poor job.

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Post by ebenenchef » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 3:38 pm

But as I said - I knew that the room was tiny and this wouldn't be an issue at all if it wasn't for the smell and the fact that i'm not feeling well as soon as I enter the room. Since this is a health issue, is there anything that could work out in my favor concerning the termination of the contract?

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Post by singaporeflyer » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 7:24 pm

ebenenchef wrote:Yeah, it's basically an utility room but it actually got shelter instructions on the door. Only paid 500$ deposit plus the same for the first month's rent. But I might be able to upgrade to another room in the neighborhood without paying penalty.

Since it's a very nice apartment with modern amenities and flatmates paying $1500+, I thought I might as well stay in the small room for sleeping only because there is a lounge and balcony as well. But now I figured I can't spend 10 minutes in there, doesn't matter if the door is open and fan turned on. The walls are probably riddled with mold, looks like somebody tried to cover it up with paint but did a poor job.
You have to live with it, because you have inspected the room and signed the contract. Check your initial pist where you said no visible mold, etc

Between, what visa are you on in SG?

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Re: Room uninhabitable - termination of contract?

Post by ebenenchef » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 7:46 pm

WHP, why?

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Re: Room uninhabitable - termination of contract?

Post by singaporeflyer » Thu, 23 Aug 2018 8:08 pm

ebenenchef wrote:WHP, why?
How long is your rental agreement?

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Re: Room uninhabitable - termination of contract?

Post by ebenenchef » Fri, 24 Aug 2018 1:23 pm

6month.

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Post by brian_singapore » Fri, 24 Aug 2018 3:02 pm

singaporeflyer wrote:
ebenenchef wrote:Yeah, it's basically an utility room but it actually got shelter instructions on the door. Only paid 500$ deposit plus the same for the first month's rent. But I might be able to upgrade to another room in the neighborhood without paying penalty.

Since it's a very nice apartment with modern amenities and flatmates paying $1500+, I thought I might as well stay in the small room for sleeping only because there is a lounge and balcony as well. But now I figured I can't spend 10 minutes in there, doesn't matter if the door is open and fan turned on. The walls are probably riddled with mold, looks like somebody tried to cover it up with paint but did a poor job.
You have to live with it, because you have inspected the room and signed the contract. Check your initial pist where you said no visible mold, etc

Between, what visa are you on in SG?
It sounds like the problem is invisible mold; i.e. wasn't missed as part of a casual inspection.

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