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IRAS appointed me the agent of landlord, my rights?

Post by x-saint » Sun, 28 Feb 2010 12:24 am

Received a letter from IRAS saying the Landlord (a local developer corporation) owes IRAS $$$$$ so I have been appointed agent of the landlord, and I am to pay all future rents to IRAS under the Landlord's account, if I do not do this, IRAS will come after me for the money.

My current thoughts:

1) Landlord is violating the terms of the lease agreement, I can ask the deposits back in court and break the lease, but still pay the "rent" to IRAS in the mean time;

2) Object to IRAS, and get the appointment reversed (unlikely !?) and then break the lease in court, get the deposit back, move?

3) get other tenants (if they are all appointed agents for the landlord) and seek actions together?!

Any advise? or pointers as to where to get advises?!

Many thanks in advance!

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Re: IRAS appointed me the agent of landlord, my rights?

Post by x9200 » Sun, 28 Feb 2010 1:29 pm

x-saint wrote:Received a letter from IRAS saying the Landlord (a local developer corporation) owes IRAS $$$$$ so I have been appointed agent of the landlord, and I am to pay all future rents to IRAS under the Landlord's account, if I do not do this, IRAS will come after me for the money.

My current thoughts:

1) Landlord is violating the terms of the lease agreement, I can ask the deposits back in court and break the lease, but still pay the "rent" to IRAS in the mean time;

2) Object to IRAS, and get the appointment reversed (unlikely !?) and then break the lease in court, get the deposit back, move?

3) get other tenants (if they are all appointed agents for the landlord) and seek actions together?!

Any advise? or pointers as to where to get advises?!

Many thanks in advance!
What are your concerns? The only serious one I could see would be very likely trouble with getting back your deposit as the landlord has apparently no money to pay for his debts.

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Post by x-saint » Sun, 28 Feb 2010 2:47 pm

Yes, the deposit is the concern since we are only 3 months into the lease, the landlord is in violations of the lease agreement, I can go to small claims tribunal (the limit is only $20K, my deposit is greater than 20K) also when I pay the IRAS, I am paying on behalf of the landlord, not clear whether I still have the liability to other parties, such as lender(s) who may foreclose on the landlord, and they can claim back rents still owed.

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Post by x9200 » Sun, 28 Feb 2010 3:25 pm

Why do you think the landlord violates the agreement?

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Post by x-saint » Sun, 28 Feb 2010 4:46 pm

Paragraph 4 of the Lease Agreement

The Landlord hereby agrees with the Tenant as follows:

(a) To pay all present and future property taxes assessment and outgoings (except as aforesaid) which or may hereinafter be charged or imposed on the said premises including any surcharge payable thereon.

If you do not have anything to contribute, please stop wasting my time.

If you are my landlord, you will be speaking to my attorney/solicitor soon.

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Post by x9200 » Sun, 28 Feb 2010 5:26 pm

I am just trying to help you and to do this I have to understand the problem as there is no crystal ball next to me and you are not extremely clear with your message. The fact that someone is chased such way by IRAS does not necessary mean it is because he did not pay the property related taxes.

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