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Utility inclusive rental

Post by smileyface » Thu, 05 Nov 2009 7:36 pm

Hi
Is it common practice or possible at all to negotiate a lease rental inclusive of utilities e.g. water, electricity, or gas etc? Many thanks:D

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Post by durain » Thu, 05 Nov 2009 7:41 pm

probably not. i mean, if you are a landlord, would you want to fully inclusive for your tenant? your tenant will be leaving the air-cond, lights and water on 24/7.

fully inclusive is mainly if you are renting a room or short term rental. but then, if you dont try, you dont know.

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Post by nakatago » Thu, 05 Nov 2009 9:03 pm

if you do manage to have inclusive utilities, the landlord would be cheaper than all cheap stereotypes you can think of. I know instances where the landlord would check up always if you're using a light (what's an energy-saving lamp that is on if you happen to be still wide awake at 1 am?), or would always remind you you take too long in the bathroom even if you just spent five minutes or tell you could only do your laundry once a week, etc, etc...you get the idea. If your utility-inclusive rent isn't exorbitant (50 SGD per person who's not using airconditioning is ridiculous), you wouldn't have peace of mind.

Unless of course, you're lucky to have a landlord who's heaven-sent but that's a rarity.
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Re: Utility inclusive rental

Post by smileyface » Fri, 06 Nov 2009 5:47 pm

smileyface wrote:Hi
Is it common practice or possible at all to negotiate a lease rental inclusive of utilities e.g. water, electricity, or gas etc? Many thanks:D
Thank you for your feedback. I know of a few expats who have negotiated similar deals in countries other than Singapore - was worth a try! :D

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