I agree it's his apartment and has a legal right but I don't follow "to check on my tenant from time to time" as this implys entering the apartment without their knowledge or approval, as if to spy.E-T wrote:I kept a key to check on my tenant from time to time too.
However, to gain entry in that manner is somewhat disrespectful to the tenants as well. It's a definite no-no to me. I have never entered my apartment that way... always after tenant agrees to it. It's all about privacy and respect.
Yep, exactly - I empathise w?th you. I asked a Singaporean friend who is out here with me and a landlord what the story is and he tells me that they do have right of entry with no notice - because of the illegal immigrant issue as mentioned. Whilst that is not an informed legal view, in the light of it, it looks like your only options are to reason with your landlord for some respect of privacy or add/change the locks.ScoobyDoes wrote:
You know if you ask people that have been burgled generally they are less upset that stuff was stollen and more they feel violated that someone went through their stuff? This feels exactly the same since for one i didn't even know he had a key!
I don't plan to change the locks again. I know that the previous tenant doesn't have keys anymore and that's the reason i always change them. Although i was surprised to learn the landlord let them keep a key to (now) my mailbox for the first two weeks after I moved in!Rich D wrote:For all your trips to the locksmiths, Messrs Boltsnips and Door-ram could enjoy a nice outing courtesy of the boys in blue.
To leave you on a note of reassurance, I never once had a visit from my landlord - announced or otherwise - except when I asked them to come to fix something in my presence - during 8 years of renting in 4 separate places.
If you think that the landlord has a legal entitlement to enter your apartment whenever he wants to, then let's see you pull that up on Singapore Statutes Online. Otherwise, the rental agreement stands, and it always has (or at least always should have) a clause saying that the landlord can enter with prior notice. I would definitely get the lock changed, and without telling the landlord about it either. If he tries again and is stupid enough to break and enter (as opposed to, say, calling you), then it's time to get the police involved.Rich D wrote:Putting on my best barrack room lawyer's wig and gown (in other words I am no expert but here is my 2 cents worth) I doubt very much whether any rental agreement you manage to get a landlord to agree/sign will supersede any legal entitlement he has.
I don't think the original poster will find this very reassuring, because his landlord already entered his apartment without his permission.To leave you on a note of reassurance, I never once had a visit from my landlord - announced or otherwise - except when I asked them to come to fix something in my presence - during 8 years of renting in 4 separate places.
Cubby wrote:Am sorry but I would find your situation unacceptable. As a tenant you have rights- like the right to privacy which your landlord has violated. He is not allowed to have unrestricted access to the apartment he gave that up when he rented it!!
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