Hi everyone. Im writing this blog just to spill out my frustrations and at the same time warn everybody to be careful when trying to find a house/hdb flat to rent. This is what happened to me. Last May 7 I met up with an agent and he brought us to this hdb flat in bedok reservoir to view the place. we liked it. he immediately asked us to make a deposit of 2k. we informed him we have to talk to our friends if they will agree on the said amount. the next day we have decided to rent that unit. We even agreed that the move date will be June 1st. Come May 27-29, the agent calls us up to inform us that the tenants of the unit have left except for one. So requesting us to move the date of our move in to the 5th. This was very inconvenient to us but we agreed. Then come June 3 up to present. They dont want us to move to the house anymore. Right now we dont have a place to stay. We will be moving out of our current flat this june 7 and as of today june 6 we dont have a definite place to transfer to. All because of the greed of the owner of the house we are supposed to move into. Since she has greatly caused us inconvenience, headache and stress, we demanded our money back. Up to now she has come up with all sorts of delaying tactics but wont give us our money. We have sought police help and all they could do was file a report. They can only do something about her case once we file a formal complaint from the tribunal of Singapore for small claims. Right now we dont know who to trust or approach anymore. We are just small fry from a poor country. However we arent stupid. We know our rights. I AM VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED AND SADDENNED by this experience. It has tarnished my impression of Singapore. This country is beautiful, the cab drivers are honest over here. Thats a rarity in some countries. But after this experience, this has left a bad taste in my mouth. The case is just about to begin. But I just want to say, I believe in Karma and one day we will get our justice. That money was hard earned. Instead of sending that to our families in our country, we entrusted it to that greedy lady. She didnt keep her word and now we will be homeless by tomorrow. Its also strange that when we went to make the police report, the agent didnt even know the name of the landlord. He communicates with her everyday, helps find tenants for her property
and yet he couldnt come up with a name. The police officer asked him for an IC which he says was in his files. That was yesterday. Up to now he hasnt smsed to any of us what the woman's ic is. we just had to figure it out from the contract she signed.
I know this is not common practice here in SG. We are aware that people here are law abiding. Just be cautious when dealing with agents and make sure everything is in black and white. when you pay, make sure you get the keys too. that way, there will always be collateral or something that is concrete you can hold on to in case the landlord runs away.
We will pursue with this case. For now, we are bent on finding a new place and hopefully not encounter such a horrible experience again.
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