Real Story - Toxic Landlady – Beware when renting a room!

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Real Story - Toxic Landlady – Beware when renting a room!

Post by cvchee » Fri, 01 Sep 2006 9:14 pm

The purpose of this letter is not to defame anyone. It is a real life experience we had and we hope share with every one so that you will be more careful when renting a place.


Here are things that happened to us, chronologically:

29/04/06 Saturday

We viewed a room at a condo unit in Bishan. The landlady, we will just call her Madam K, asked for a rental of $560 per month which includes the water and electricity bills. She said that her 2 children are using the common room next to ours but they will use the master room’s toilet. So the common toilet is solely for our use. We decided to rent due to this reason and also partly because she is a catholic.

I need a parking lot. She claimed that she has car and the management will charge $70 for the second car park. Without thinking of calling the management to verify, I agree with that. She charged us $25 per month for the wireless internet. So I paid her $655 ($560 + $70 + $25).The agreement starts on 01/06/06 and it is a 1 year contract with a minimum stay of 6 months. We requested to include the car park fee into the agreement but she refuses, saying that it’s a mutual trust. She requested to add a clause that if we move out anytime before the contract ends, we need to pay her back the agent fee proportionately. Ridiculous, but we agreed.

25/05/06 Thursday

Madam K called to inform me that she will rent out the room next to us on 18/06/06 and asked me whether it is ok. This means that we need to share the toilet with another person whose working hour might crash with us. Feeling a bit shock, we had no choice but to agree, reluctantly. Later we found out from our agent that initially she did not intend to inform us. It is our agent who advised her to do so as a courtesy. It also means that if she charges the other tenant $25 per month for the internet, her internet bill will be almost paid by us.

03/06/06 Saturday

We moved into her condo. She imposed some restrictions on us, which we think we should be informed before signing the agreement. Here are her restrictions:

• Air-con will be turned off at 6am in the morning. (The main switch is outside our room so our air-con will be turned off by her)
• Air-con is no expected to be used during the day, even during the weekends.
• We need to inform her when we want to use the internet. (What if she is not at home or we suddenly want to use in 2am in the morning??)
• We will not be given any storage space in the kitchen.
• She told me that the car park is $75 per month instead of $70 due to GST. I started to get suspicious since the GST is 5% and it will be only $3.50 instead of $5.00 extra. I decided to check with the management.

06/06/06 Tuesday

We requested for some space in the fridge. She reluctantly agreed. Her refrigerator is full of smelly stuff. We tried to adjust for some space to put in our fruits.

07/06/06 Wednesday

I went to the condo management office to check out the car park charges. I found out that the parking is actually free! Madam K has cheated us extra $75 per month for the car park! Besides that, I also found out that she doesn’t have a car. So the statement that my car is a second car is also a lie.

I asked my agent to clarify with Madam K. My agent called her and initially she still denied she lied. When the agent told her that we had checked with the management office, she admitted that she cheated on us but she said that she “deserves”

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Post by Splatted » Sun, 10 Sep 2006 4:21 am

:o :o :o

Goodness, I never knew such creatures existed. All the best with your new tenancy.

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Post by smurfuhrer1 » Mon, 06 Nov 2006 12:45 pm

File a police report. It's up to the police if they want to pursue the matter from criminal offence point of view. You have recorded conversion, that's is very good.

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Post by Jesey » Thu, 09 Nov 2006 6:58 pm

She's.....I don't know how to describe... Evil! I felt the anger for u too!

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Post by ksl » Fri, 10 Nov 2006 3:05 am

Please forward this and share with all your friends to avoid them become the next victim.

Edited by Plavt to Protect Madam K's identity.
You've got to be joking, even the accuser has a right to a fair trial, I mean who is to know if it's her real name or not? :???: Maybe plavt phoned to check her out :shock: Better still me thinks Mr Plavt is the long arm of the law, all the way from UK :D :cool:

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Post by ab2ac » Mon, 13 Nov 2006 7:01 am

If the deal is too good to be true, just beware. Especially, the rental of an AC room in a condo, inclusive of utiltiies is only S$560.00! It is too cheap, because any reasonable landlord will not include the utilities bill if the room is with AC. Because if the tenants choose to switch on the AC indiscrimatly, then the utilities bill itself is going to cost the landlord easily between S$200 to S$300 or even more.

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Post by Plavt » Mon, 13 Nov 2006 7:33 am

ksl wrote: Maybe plavt phoned to check her out :shock: Better still me thinks Mr Plavt is the long arm of the law, all the way from UK :D :cool:
:D :D :D :D

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Post by exvirus » Sun, 19 Nov 2006 2:49 pm

She's a devil..

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Post by Aviator » Tue, 28 Nov 2006 1:32 pm

sorry for your plight :(

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Post by ria3n » Fri, 01 Dec 2006 2:35 pm

:o :o

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Post by akane » Thu, 04 Jan 2007 8:46 am

Sad to read this, i believe she is a devil and there are devil landlord around... Long ago, my Australian friend also experience the same in River Valley condo.
Why not you report to the police and the CASE? CASE can help you get back some refund. :???:

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