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Post by ScoobyDoes » Wed, 04 Jul 2007 2:36 pm

amode wrote: Do you think I should pay up my July rent? Do you think they could come to the flat and change the lock to my room if I don't do so?
Have you got any form of deposit withheld by the landlord, maybe one month's rent?

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Post by ksl » Wed, 04 Jul 2007 7:53 pm

amode wrote:The same thing just happened to me! I have just received an SMS text message from my agent yesterday (3 July) telling us that all tenants in Le Chateau must move out by end of July, due to the En-bloc situation (gosh, don't I hate that word!). No moving compensation will be given, and demanded me to pay in my rent for the month of July.

I signed a 1-year contract that will only end at the end of August, and the contract says that in the case of termination, either party give 1-month notice in writing. But I am not sure if the contract is stamped! I am sure the agent was aware of the En-bloc, but refused to tell us the truth, but kept telling us that there should be still about another year to go on before they tear down the place. Now I know why they refused to fix leaking toilets and aircons.

So here I am, getting kicked out of my room soon, and I only have 3 more months to serve in Singapore. I can't even find an affordable short-term room to reside till I leave this place, I may be sleeping on the streets soon!

Do you think I should pay up my July rent? Do you think they could come to the flat and change the lock to my room if I don't do so?
Most certainly not! I would advise you not to pay, I would rather invest in a pair of bolt cutters, to cut off the padlock! Just call the police if they do put a lock on, after you cut it off, because you are being harassed to leave! If you do have a months deposit paid, do not pay july's rent, your contract is probably void, due to the sale, if it is stated within the contract that you must move out!

With getting deposits back, this is a flip the coin question! The reason being, if every scratch, mark, dent, is not written down on the contract, when you move in, they have an open invitation to charge you, what they like. Don't trust them, they cheated you once, so let them pay the costs to take you to court! If you are moving end of august I shouldn't worry too much about them taking you to court! Tell them now you are not moving anywhere, and they must find you alternative place for the last month or you don't move!

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Post by saidean » Fri, 06 Jul 2007 12:31 am

amode wrote: Do you think I should pay up my July rent? Do you think they could come to the flat and change the lock to my room if I don't do so?
To amode,

witholding rental payment is against the law, ie the landlord can haul you to court for arrears. No matter what valid reasons you can give (eg enbloc), the court will find in favour of landlords in such cases. HOWEVER...

a. Their not informing you of the enbloc is unethical on their part. But it puts the ball in your court since they MUST get you out of the premises by the date of vacant possession or the landlord/owner will be required to pay penalties which far exceeds your monthly rental or any compensation to you.
b. If your contract is not stamped, it works both ways too. You can tell them - pick an option - (1) legally validate the contract in which case they are breaching it for not giving you 1 mth notice, and offer compensation or (2) do not validate the contract in which case you can do anything to the place and get away with it.
c. Was a deposit placed with the landlord? Tell the landlord to use that deposit for the july payment and insist that because the contract was breached, to pay compensation eg in the form of moving costs and agency fees (if the agent needs to find u an alternative).
d. what can you do? Contact the sale committee of the le chateau enbloc (their names shd be on the notice boards). Tell them the landlord has not informed you of the enbloc and hence you are not obliged to move out until the due date of your contract. The SC will want the landlord to get you out by the date of vacant possession or everything is jeopardised. In fact, most collective sale agreements require that the landlord inform their tenants or have clauses in the contracts to terminate it if the enbloc goes through. You can threaten to bring this up to the consumer association CASE which will almost certainly find that you have been misinformed.
e. Make sure if they're going to hold your deposit, you get everything back, since the whole place will be demolished, it makes no sense to have any deductions on fixtures and building structure damages.

They want you out by the date of vacant possession or penalties will be imposed on not just your landlord but potentially everyone, so if they find out you're actually entitled to stay there for the duration of your contract, they'll want to get you out by any means of compensation.

btw, the notice boards should contain information about the enbloc. Possibly including the date of vacant possession etc. Are you able to find that out? I didn't know le chateau was successful in their enbloc (last heard about it in Aug 06 i think)

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Post by LBS03 » Mon, 09 Jul 2007 3:17 pm

Hello all, I am on the verge of signing a lease (first time in Singapore). I was given a letter of intent to sign - and I wanted to ask if the following terms are 'typical' of leases here. Am especially worried about the clause re air-conditioners etc as I have no idea re how good / bad they actually are.


Stamp Duty:
The cost of stamping of the Tenancy Agreement and in duplicate is to be borne by the Tenant.

Air-conditioners:
Tenant is to be responsible for the services, maintenance of the air conditioners system and any repair and replacement of the parts due to fair wear and tear through out the term hereby created.

Diplomatic clause:
The Tenant may terminate this Agreement after 12 months by giving the Landlord not less than 2 month’s notice in writing or by paying 2 month’s rental in lieu of notice.

Tenancy Work:
Servicing of all air-conditioners unit, ensure all electrical appliance and sanitary are in good working condition prior to the handover.

.....

Any thoughts / ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by ksl » Mon, 09 Jul 2007 3:53 pm

LBS03 wrote:Hello all, I am on the verge of signing a lease (first time in Singapore). I was given a letter of intent to sign - and I wanted to ask if the following terms are 'typical' of leases here. Am especially worried about the clause re air-conditioners etc as I have no idea re how good / bad they actually are.


Stamp Duty:
The cost of stamping of the Tenancy Agreement and in duplicate is to be borne by the Tenant.

Air-conditioners:
Tenant is to be responsible for the services, maintenance of the air conditioners system and any repair and replacement of the parts due to fair wear and tear through out the term hereby created.

Diplomatic clause:
The Tenant may terminate this Agreement after 12 months by giving the Landlord not less than 2 month’s notice in writing or by paying 2 month’s rental in lieu of notice.

Tenancy Work:
Servicing of all air-conditioners unit, ensure all electrical appliance and sanitary are in good working condition prior to the handover.

.....

Any thoughts / ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I would consider putting that contract in the bin.

Stamp duty I would have thought was the responsibility of the Landlord, along with the servicing and maintenance of the air conditioning, of which are not your concern.

For one thing you have no idea of the condition of these units, for another thing if they are new, they should be under warranty, last but not least evironmental health safety of fixed items are the Landlords problem, including gas, water, electricity and with air cons the law is very strict, because of the viruses and bacteria these machines will make if not serviced correctly.

1 month is the norm on a 12 month contract and the tenant can terminate the contract when he want's providing he, pays the difference! What you need is a contract that is fair, not all in there favour.

So discuss with them, and come to a happy medium, although commonsense should also prevail over fixed items in the home, are always the landlords responsibility. Tell him if you are held responible for air cons, then you want all new air cons installed, why should you pay for previous tenants usage!

Don't forget to photograph any previous damage, scratches, holes, or marks in bathrooms and kitchen. with regards cleaning! Also check fans are cleaned and light fittings, because they will bill you for anything, its easy money for them, and they intend to keep some of the deposit.

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Post by LBS03 » Tue, 10 Jul 2007 2:06 am

Thanks ksl for your input.

I had a lively discussion with the agent today ... end result, have decided to go for a different property with a different agent.

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Post by Pal » Tue, 10 Jul 2007 10:40 am

ksl wrote:
LBS03 wrote:Hello all, I am on the verge of signing a lease (first time in Singapore). I was given a letter of intent to sign - and I wanted to ask if the following terms are 'typical' of leases here. Am especially worried about the clause re air-conditioners etc as I have no idea re how good / bad they actually are.


Stamp Duty:
The cost of stamping of the Tenancy Agreement and in duplicate is to be borne by the Tenant.

Air-conditioners:
Tenant is to be responsible for the services, maintenance of the air conditioners system and any repair and replacement of the parts due to fair wear and tear through out the term hereby created.

Diplomatic clause:
The Tenant may terminate this Agreement after 12 months by giving the Landlord not less than 2 month’s notice in writing or by paying 2 month’s rental in lieu of notice.

Tenancy Work:
Servicing of all air-conditioners unit, ensure all electrical appliance and sanitary are in good working condition prior to the handover.

.....

Any thoughts / ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I would consider putting that contract in the bin.

Stamp duty I would have thought was the responsibility of the Landlord, along with the servicing and maintenance of the air conditioning, of which are not your concern.

For one thing you have no idea of the condition of these units, for another thing if they are new, they should be under warranty, last but not least evironmental health safety of fixed items are the Landlords problem, including gas, water, electricity and with air cons the law is very strict, because of the viruses and bacteria these machines will make if not serviced correctly.

1 month is the norm on a 12 month contract and the tenant can terminate the contract when he want's providing he, pays the difference! What you need is a contract that is fair, not all in there favour.

So discuss with them, and come to a happy medium, although commonsense should also prevail over fixed items in the home, are always the landlords responsibility. Tell him if you are held responible for air cons, then you want all new air cons installed, why should you pay for previous tenants usage!

Don't forget to photograph any previous damage, scratches, holes, or marks in bathrooms and kitchen. with regards cleaning! Also check fans are cleaned and light fittings, because they will bill you for anything, its easy money for them, and they intend to keep some of the deposit.
ksl,

I feel the need to correct your info. In Singapore, the usual market standard:

1. Tenant pays the stamp fee.

2. Tenant maintains and service the air-con units every 3 months and the Landlord will pay for any repair or replacement of parts.

3. Notice period for Diplomatic clause is 2 months.

4. In the event Tenant exercise the Diplomatic clause and break the lease, Tenant will pro-rata re-imburse the commission the Landlord had paid the agent.

All this clause is in the standard Tenancy Agreement provided by the IEA (Institute of Estate Agent).

Hope the above clarifies doubts about the standard lease agreement.
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Post by ksl » Thu, 12 Jul 2007 12:08 am

Pal wrote:
ksl wrote:
LBS03 wrote:Hello all, I am on the verge of signing a lease (first time in Singapore). I was given a letter of intent to sign - and I wanted to ask if the following terms are 'typical' of leases here. Am especially worried about the clause re air-conditioners etc as I have no idea re how good / bad they actually are.


Stamp Duty:
The cost of stamping of the Tenancy Agreement and in duplicate is to be borne by the Tenant.

Air-conditioners:
Tenant is to be responsible for the services, maintenance of the air conditioners system and any repair and replacement of the parts due to fair wear and tear through out the term hereby created.

Diplomatic clause:
The Tenant may terminate this Agreement after 12 months by giving the Landlord not less than 2 month’s notice in writing or by paying 2 month’s rental in lieu of notice.

Tenancy Work:
Servicing of all air-conditioners unit, ensure all electrical appliance and sanitary are in good working condition prior to the handover.

.....

Any thoughts / ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I would consider putting that contract in the bin.

Stamp duty I would have thought was the responsibility of the Landlord, along with the servicing and maintenance of the air conditioning, of which are not your concern.

For one thing you have no idea of the condition of these units, for another thing if they are new, they should be under warranty, last but not least evironmental health safety of fixed items are the Landlords problem, including gas, water, electricity and with air cons the law is very strict, because of the viruses and bacteria these machines will make if not serviced correctly.

1 month is the norm on a 12 month contract and the tenant can terminate the contract when he want's providing he, pays the difference! What you need is a contract that is fair, not all in there favour.

So discuss with them, and come to a happy medium, although commonsense should also prevail over fixed items in the home, are always the landlords responsibility. Tell him if you are held responible for air cons, then you want all new air cons installed, why should you pay for previous tenants usage!

Don't forget to photograph any previous damage, scratches, holes, or marks in bathrooms and kitchen. with regards cleaning! Also check fans are cleaned and light fittings, because they will bill you for anything, its easy money for them, and they intend to keep some of the deposit.
ksl,

I feel the need to correct your info. In Singapore, the usual market standard:

1. Tenant pays the stamp fee.

2. Tenant maintains and service the air-con units every 3 months and the Landlord will pay for any repair or replacement of parts.

3. Notice period for Diplomatic clause is 2 months.

4. In the event Tenant exercise the Diplomatic clause and break the lease, Tenant will pro-rata re-imburse the commission the Landlord had paid the agent.

All this clause is in the standard Tenancy Agreement provided by the IEA (Institute of Estate Agent).

Hope the above clarifies doubts about the standard lease agreement.
I gave my honest opinion, that i would consider putting it in the bin! Until it showed some fairness towards the tenant. I think the usual MARKET STANDARD is a little different in these unusual MARKET TRENDS, where money doesn't grow on trees! Maybe the IEA should get together and create a more tenant friendly contract, like going 50/50 on the fees for example!

Its very easy to say this is the standard tenancy agreement provided by IEA, they are agents and represent Landlords and not tenants.

Thats also why there should be a tenants charter lets not forget, the issues at hand here! why not 50/50 for example. Where is the proof the air cons have been regular serviced since new, do you present a stamped log of maintenance?

Tenants may have very few rights in Singapore if any, but they do have a choice until they find the right landlord, and agent that is fair! If it was me, i would put the contract in the bin! and negotiate something a little more favourable. With rents rising like they are, the tenants have to look after eachother right, and i would be the first one to sign up for tenants rights!

It looks like expatriate tenants are getting a little cheesed off, with the policy of being squeezed for every $ if you ask me, and i cannot say, i don't blame them! But at least you did point out the Market Standard of contract, so everyone now knows, my old contract was much more favourable to me in the begining!

Maybe thats why the agent put the contract in the bin along with my copy he loaned to make a copy, thinking he was smart :lol: Hence no contract and difficulty getting the full deposit back!
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Post by PhantomX » Thu, 12 Jul 2007 12:36 am

ksl wrote:
Pal wrote:
ksl wrote: I would consider putting that contract in the bin.

Stamp duty I would have thought was the responsibility of the Landlord, along with the servicing and maintenance of the air conditioning, of which are not your concern.

For one thing you have no idea of the condition of these units, for another thing if they are new, they should be under warranty, last but not least evironmental health safety of fixed items are the Landlords problem, including gas, water, electricity and with air cons the law is very strict, because of the viruses and bacteria these machines will make if not serviced correctly.

1 month is the norm on a 12 month contract and the tenant can terminate the contract when he want's providing he, pays the difference! What you need is a contract that is fair, not all in there favour.

So discuss with them, and come to a happy medium, although commonsense should also prevail over fixed items in the home, are always the landlords responsibility. Tell him if you are held responible for air cons, then you want all new air cons installed, why should you pay for previous tenants usage!

Don't forget to photograph any previous damage, scratches, holes, or marks in bathrooms and kitchen. with regards cleaning! Also check fans are cleaned and light fittings, because they will bill you for anything, its easy money for them, and they intend to keep some of the deposit.
ksl,

I feel the need to correct your info. In Singapore, the usual market standard:

1. Tenant pays the stamp fee.

2. Tenant maintains and service the air-con units every 3 months and the Landlord will pay for any repair or replacement of parts.

3. Notice period for Diplomatic clause is 2 months.

4. In the event Tenant exercise the Diplomatic clause and break the lease, Tenant will pro-rata re-imburse the commission the Landlord had paid the agent.

All this clause is in the standard Tenancy Agreement provided by the IEA (Institute of Estate Agent).

Hope the above clarifies doubts about the standard lease agreement.
I gave my honest opinion, that i would consider putting it in the bin! Until it showed some fairness towards the tenant. I think the usual MARKET STANDARD is a little different in these unusual MARKET TRENDS, where money doesn't grow on trees! Maybe the IEA should get together and create a more tenant friendly contract, like going 50/50 on the fees for example!

Its very easy to say this is the standard tenancy agreement provided by IEA, they are agents and represent Landlords and not tenants.

Thats also why there should be a tenants charter lets not forget, the issues at hand here! why not 50/50 for example. Where is the proof the air cons have been regular serviced since new, do you present a stamped log of maintenance?

Tenants may have very few rights in Singapore if any, but they do have a choice until they find the right landlord, and agent that is fair! If it was me, i would put the contract in the bin! and negotiate something a little more favourable. With rents rising like they are, the tenants have to look after eachother right, and i would be the first one to sign up for tenants rights!

It looks like expatriate tenants are getting a little cheesed off, with the policy of being squeezed for every $ if you ask me, and i cannot say, i don't blame them!
All very nice if this a practical doable deal.
So what do you propose?
A Tenants Bill of Rights?
Get it ratified in 5 years and hopefully current tenants make do in shanty shacks in rain forests all over the island?
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Post by ksl » Thu, 12 Jul 2007 1:17 am

PhantomX wrote:
ksl wrote:
Pal wrote: ksl,

I feel the need to correct your info. In Singapore, the usual market standard:

1. Tenant pays the stamp fee.

2. Tenant maintains and service the air-con units every 3 months and the Landlord will pay for any repair or replacement of parts.

3. Notice period for Diplomatic clause is 2 months.

4. In the event Tenant exercise the Diplomatic clause and break the lease, Tenant will pro-rata re-imburse the commission the Landlord had paid the agent.

All this clause is in the standard Tenancy Agreement provided by the IEA (Institute of Estate Agent).

Hope the above clarifies doubts about the standard lease agreement.
I gave my honest opinion, that i would consider putting it in the bin! Until it showed some fairness towards the tenant. I think the usual MARKET STANDARD is a little different in these unusual MARKET TRENDS, where money doesn't grow on trees! Maybe the IEA should get together and create a more tenant friendly contract, like going 50/50 on the fees for example!

Its very easy to say this is the standard tenancy agreement provided by IEA, they are agents and represent Landlords and not tenants.

Thats also why there should be a tenants charter lets not forget, the issues at hand here! why not 50/50 for example. Where is the proof the air cons have been regular serviced since new, do you present a stamped log of maintenance?

Tenants may have very few rights in Singapore if any, but they do have a choice until they find the right landlord, and agent that is fair! If it was me, i would put the contract in the bin! and negotiate something a little more favourable. With rents rising like they are, the tenants have to look after eachother right, and i would be the first one to sign up for tenants rights!

It looks like expatriate tenants are getting a little cheesed off, with the policy of being squeezed for every $ if you ask me, and i cannot say, i don't blame them!
All very nice if this a practical doable deal.
So what do you propose?
A Tenants Bill of Rights?
Get it ratified in 5 years and hopefully current tenants make do in shanty shacks in rain forests all over the island?
The choice is yours my friend, your the one that must pay the rental, but one must also protect the locals too, don't forget, its not just about expatriates, how many of the locals do you think get forced out of their own properties because of debt, and are forced to rent, under these standard contracts?

I don't think it would take that long actually to force the tenants charter through, even HDB could do that, although there are major problems with the market standard contract in my opinion, that is more than a little to the benefits of the Agents and Landlords.

I'm just saying its my own opinion, that the IEA could rectify the contracts to show some form of balance, fairness, consumer friendly, without adding all these extras on to the rent.

There are many ways around these problem, but transparency is best and lets face it the Agents have nothing to lose, by making a contract that is tenant friendly, in fact i would say it makes very good common sense, to look after your tenants, they are customers!

Although the image of agents is already tarnished, they still can't see the sky for the trees, are they blinded by $$$$ signs or what! Don't they consider brand image, reputation, and consumer satisfaction, if not, then they get what all businesses deserve a bad image and less customers!

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hi,i'm in big trouble, pls help me!!!

Post by Maya_Wang » Thu, 12 Jul 2007 8:40 am

I am renting a condo in the west. The rooms are quite poorly renovated and some of the window panel are loosely attached to the frame.
On last saturday morning, it was raining heavily with strong wind. One of the window in the living room was open and rain water came in so I wanted to go and close the window. When I was approaching the window, the window panel slammed against the frame badly due to the strong wind. the glass was broken and the fragments fell on my face and body. My face was badly lacerated and my neck and arms are also injured.
I was sent to NUH and had surgery there. right now, I am already discharged from the hospital. I need to visit the docotor a few times more to remove the stitches and some follow-up treatment. The cut on my face is very big and the doctor said there will definitely some scar. I am a 25-year-old girl who just finished my undergraduate course and have no savings. The hospital fees are quite heavy for me. Could I ask the landlord to cover my hospital fees and possibly some compensation for the future treatment of the scar?

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Post by ksl » Thu, 12 Jul 2007 2:44 pm

Maya_Wang wrote:I am renting a condo in the west. The rooms are quite poorly renovated and some of the window panel are loosely attached to the frame.
On last saturday morning, it was raining heavily with strong wind. One of the window in the living room was open and rain water came in so I wanted to go and close the window. When I was approaching the window, the window panel slammed against the frame badly due to the strong wind. the glass was broken and the fragments fell on my face and body. My face was badly lacerated and my neck and arms are also injured.
I was sent to NUH and had surgery there. right now, I am already discharged from the hospital. I need to visit the docotor a few times more to remove the stitches and some follow-up treatment. The cut on my face is very big and the doctor said there will definitely some scar. I am a 25-year-old girl who just finished my undergraduate course and have no savings. The hospital fees are quite heavy for me. Could I ask the landlord to cover my hospital fees and possibly some compensation for the future treatment of the scar?
There are several places were legal advice is free, in the community centres, not sure which one it was, i visited, may have been bishan.

There have been strict rules or laws implemented about lose window frames, falling out, because of the rivets or fixings rusting, your landlord, may or maynot be liable, for injury, you need to look into it further. but take photo's of the window frames and the damage, because once the landlord has cleaned up the evidence, your claim will be more difficult to prove.

In most civilised countries, all buildings have to have building insurance, I don't know about Singapore, the building insurance I had on my own property, covered windows and glass breakage, which was a relief, living in the area where i was.

Also have photo's taken of your injuries! If your case is strong, some kind lawyer may do it on a no win no fee basis, although he would be 99.9% sure he would win.

Any community centre will inform you of the free legal advice meetings! Good Luck!

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Re: hi,i'm in big trouble, pls help me!!!

Post by Maya_Wang » Thu, 12 Jul 2007 8:01 pm

it's really helpful.thanks a lot for the effort!
ksl wrote:
Maya_Wang wrote:I am renting a condo in the west. The rooms are quite poorly renovated and some of the window panel are loosely attached to the frame.
On last saturday morning, it was raining heavily with strong wind. One of the window in the living room was open and rain water came in so I wanted to go and close the window. When I was approaching the window, the window panel slammed against the frame badly due to the strong wind. the glass was broken and the fragments fell on my face and body. My face was badly lacerated and my neck and arms are also injured.
I was sent to NUH and had surgery there. right now, I am already discharged from the hospital. I need to visit the docotor a few times more to remove the stitches and some follow-up treatment. The cut on my face is very big and the doctor said there will definitely some scar. I am a 25-year-old girl who just finished my undergraduate course and have no savings. The hospital fees are quite heavy for me. Could I ask the landlord to cover my hospital fees and possibly some compensation for the future treatment of the scar?
There are several places were legal advice is free, in the community centres, not sure which one it was, i visited, may have been bishan.

There have been strict rules or laws implemented about lose window frames, falling out, because of the rivets or fixings rusting, your landlord, may or maynot be liable, for injury, you need to look into it further. but take photo's of the window frames and the damage, because once the landlord has cleaned up the evidence, your claim will be more difficult to prove.

In most civilised countries, all buildings have to have building insurance, I don't know about Singapore, the building insurance I had on my own property, covered windows and glass breakage, which was a relief, living in the area where i was.

Also have photo's taken of your injuries! If your case is strong, some kind lawyer may do it on a no win no fee basis, although he would be 99.9% sure he would win.

Any community centre will inform you of the free legal advice meetings! Good Luck!

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Re: hi,i'm in big trouble, pls help me!!!

Post by saidean » Fri, 13 Jul 2007 1:09 am

ksl wrote: There are several places were legal advice is free, in the community centres, not sure which one it was, i visited, may have been bishan.

There have been strict rules or laws implemented about lose window frames, falling out, because of the rivets or fixings rusting, your landlord, may or maynot be liable, for injury, you need to look into it further. but take photo's of the window frames and the damage, because once the landlord has cleaned up the evidence, your claim will be more difficult to prove.

In most civilised countries, all buildings have to have building insurance, I don't know about Singapore, the building insurance I had on my own property, covered windows and glass breakage, which was a relief, living in the area where i was.

Also have photo's taken of your injuries! If your case is strong, some kind lawyer may do it on a no win no fee basis, although he would be 99.9% sure he would win.

Any community centre will inform you of the free legal advice meetings! Good Luck!
If you're living in the west, you need to google for the "community development council" in your area. Some of them run 'legal clinics' which offer some form of free legal advice. If you're an expat however, that might not be an option (they may exclude you, saying it's only for citizens) but do check with them first.

The regulations on windows, framing etc applies only to HDB buildings, and not to private condos, unfortunately. Most condos have building insurance but they vary, as you pointed out. I suspect damages of such nature are covered under individual home insurance, which is up to the tenant or landlord to secure, and most do not have such forms of insurance.

There are no tenants rights in singapore, just as there are no consumer rights (or if there are, they're quite weak). Sucks but one can only hope that this will change in the future. For tenant disputes, such matters are not settled by the Consumer Association (CASE) but by the Small Claims Tribunal. You can find such information here:
http://app.subcourts.gov.sg/sct/page.aspx?pageid=8617

My understanding of tribunals is that lawyers are not required and that you can represent yourself during the mediation. But before it even gets to this stage perhaps you can approach the landlord directly first.

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tenancy contracts

Post by German_Expat » Thu, 19 Jul 2007 4:10 pm

I have twice now managed to make changes to the tenancy agreement and signed those with the landlord. A standard agreement form is only a starting point and by no means cast in stone. These agreements can be modified to suit each situation and I have done so, the landlord also added a clause which we both agreed on. And I do now feel that our agreement is fair on both sides, otherwise I would not have moved into our current place ;-)

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