Should I use a rental agent?

Discuss about where to live, renting a property, tenancy issues, property trend and property investment in Singapore.
Post Reply
Dubs
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 8
Joined: Tue, 08 Dec 2009 7:57 pm
Location: Australia

Should I use a rental agent?

Post by Dubs » Fri, 18 Dec 2009 11:57 am

I am relocating to Singapore in late Feb and wondering whether it is worth while using an agent to find accommodation? Especially because I will only have a few days in Singapore before I am due to start work.

From what I understand they charge 1/2 of your first month's rent. Is this cost payable up front or only once they secure you a room???



Thanks,

Gemma.
Last edited by Dubs on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 12:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Singapore Property Search

 

User avatar
sundaymorningstaple
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 39641
Joined: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 1:26 pm
Answers: 10
Location: Retired on the Little Red Dot

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 18 Dec 2009 12:30 pm

Strange question to ask. Have you tried our host of this board? That's the only recommendation allowed on this board for the obvious reason. You cannot sell hondas from the mercedes dealership showroom. :cool:

Trying clicking the various links at the top of the page.

moderator
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

revhappy
Editor
Editor
Posts: 1068
Joined: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 9:16 pm

Re: Should I use a rental agent?

Post by revhappy » Tue, 22 Dec 2009 1:59 pm

Dubs wrote:I am relocating to Singapore in late Feb and wondering whether it is worth while using an agent to find accommodation? Especially because I will only have a few days in Singapore before I am due to start work.

From what I understand they charge 1/2 of your first month's rent. Is this cost payable up front or only once they secure you a room???



Thanks,

Gemma.
Using an agent is not a choice it is a compulsion here in Singapore as owners dont advertise vacancies in any other way other than contacting their agents. Even if you look at internet classifieds or newspaper classifieds they are all posted by agents. So whether you like it or not you have to go through agents.

I think being a property agent is the most sought after career for Singaporeans. That is the only job they can do without any effort and without fear of foreigners taking away their jobs. :lol:

They all travels in cars and if you ask them how to come by MRT, they tell you "I dont know Lah! I just drive there" :x

User avatar
Saint
Director
Director
Posts: 3505
Joined: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 5:19 pm
Location: The Juban Stand, Boat Quay
Contact:

Post by Saint » Sun, 27 Dec 2009 7:58 pm

I don't use an agent but the Landlord does, this way I never pay any agent's commission/fees etc

User avatar
intellectualsmuse
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 333
Joined: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 2:32 am

Personal Experience

Post by intellectualsmuse » Mon, 28 Dec 2009 12:31 am

Well, you would need to use an agent...unless of course you bumped into someone holding a placard that says "I got a place to rent"...

Jokes apart, we were initially informed that for Rentals above $2500 you need not pay a comission, however this seems to have changed and as of now you'll need to pay a commission to the agent if you're renting anything below $3000. As to the value, its half a month's rent for a 12 month lease period and a full month's rent if you lease the propoerty for 2 years. (I have been told that in some cases you may not have to pay if you rent the place for 2 years but that's very subjective).

Goodluck with the househunting!

PS: The agent's commission is to be paid once you'r4e done with formalities like the agreement and stuff.
For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.

M606022
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 8:36 pm
Location: Singapore

Post by M606022 » Mon, 28 Dec 2009 10:11 am

is it necessary to go through an agent on renewing the lease?

soccerfanatic
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 12:46 am

Post by soccerfanatic » Thu, 31 Dec 2009 12:53 am

No need agent. Depend on where you want to rent the place. Usually if you want to deal direct with the owner and skip the agent fee you can go to the nearby MRT station notice board there are alot of direct owner contact to call.

User avatar
sierra2469alpha
Editor
Editor
Posts: 1381
Joined: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 10:50 am
Location: Singapore (Finally!)

Post by sierra2469alpha » Tue, 12 Jan 2010 3:57 pm

Hi everyone - just a twist on this. Our LL is based in HKG, and we do not have his agent's address, nor his address in HKG. We're up shortly, and would like to renew. If we use OUR agent to do the negotiation (given he has the details of the LL agent), should we/do we pay a fee? Note, rent is > $3500.

Thanks in advance, Mr. P

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Property Talk, Housing & Rental”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests