Water ingress (a leak) into your unit cannot be your liability. In general terms (under UK law, upon which much of SG law is based) the exterior walls/floors.ceilings are considered 'common parts' and as such are the responsibility of the management office to remedy. The landlord would then be liable to repair/remedy any damage to internal surfaces.Tina1 wrote:I'll move out of my flat in a few days and just discovered that in the storage room there is mold in the upper corner of the wall. I am not sure where it came from, my suspicion is that it is due to the water leakage in the public area in front of my flat that happened a few months ago (water kept dropping from the ceiling for a few days).
I spoke to the management office and they said they will check whether they had complaints from other apartments as well. I doubt that this will be the case as all the other flat are further away from the place where the leakage happened. So I don't think that the management office will feel responsible and want to pay the costs.
This leads me to the question of whether the landlord can charge me for the repair work. And if yes, then how much he can charge me for it (does the limit of SGD 150 repair cost per item apply in this case). As I already read some horror stories about landlords not wanting to pay back the deposit and doing expensive renovation work that the tenant has to pay, I am wondering what's the right step to take.
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