So what they want this 50k for? Because you did not enter the lease and this is for the lease term?Marine2011 wrote:Dear Member,
I have received a letter from my landlords lawyer claiming SGD 56’280 from me. Let me give you a chronology of the events and supporting documents.
I would appreciate it if anyone could let me know how to proceed, as I want to avoid any mistakes in dealing with this matter.
- January 9, 2014: Tenancy Agreement signed for a period of 2+1 years [xxx]
- January 11, 2014: Tenancy Agreement takes effect (see [xxx] TA Signed)
- March 10, 2014: Received notice from landlord that the apartment is scheduled to be sold on April 14, 2014
- April 7, 2014: Received notice that sale of the apartment has been completed on April 7, 2014 and that ownership has been transferred
- October 10, 2015: Written notice for Option to Renew as per Clause 5.3 in the Tenancy Agreement should have been given latest by this day (“not less than 3 calendar months before the expiration of the tenancy”)
*I have not given written notice by the deadline
- November 16, 2015: First contact was made by the landlord with me directly to set up a meeting in person to discuss an extension of the Tenancy Agreement
- November 20, 2015: Meeting with landlord and his agent (who was introduced as a friend, hence I did not see a need to invite my agent to the meeting). A general understanding was reached that both parties are interested to renew the Tenancy Agreement but terms still under discussion.
- Rest of November 2015: Discussions back and forth regarding the terms of the renewal, mainly between myself and the landlord’s wife
- December 2, 2015: Agreement reached to renew the Tenancy Agreement
- December 11, 2015: Received new Tenancy Agreement, which was never signed
- December 19, 2015: Informed the landlord by phone that I would not be signing the new Tenancy Agreement
- January 10, 2016: Tenancy Agreement expires
To better understand why I have decided not to renew the Tenancy Agreement, although we had reached an agreement via WhatsApp has various reasons. First and foremost, it becomes evident in the communication that the negotiations were very painstaking and not necessarily in my favor considering market conditions. I did not feel treated fairly but in the end still compromised after making several proposals. However, as can also be read in the communication, the apartment was posted online and the landlord asked me to accommodate viewings whenever possible. I advised that I will do so, my only request was that pictures that were taken of the apartment would not be uploaded online to advertise the apartment, as I felt that this would invade my privacy. This was verbally communicated to the landlord during the meeting on November 20, 2015 and to all agents that viewed the apartment. By coincidence, my fiancée discovered pictures of our apartment on ..com on December 18, 2015. We felt that the landlord misused our trust and after the negotiations during which we already didn’t feel comfortable, we decided not to sign the Tenancy Agreement and look for a new apartment instead. We informed the landlord accordingly on December 19, 2015. After talking to the landlord, I received a call from his wife who threatened to take legal actions against me, as is also documented.
As I am not familiar with the Singapore law, anyone know how to handle? Do I need to get a lawyer as well?
In principle you don't need to take any action but just in the remote case they would extend their bluffing based on lack of your action, respond to them that the TA was never signed, registered mail, receipt advice. You don't need to explain any reasons. BTW, even if the option to renew is executed this would not make you to own them anything.