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Would expats use Check in & Check out by an Independant Agency

Poll ended at Tue, 29 Mar 2011 7:47 pm

yes
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210 property agents disqualified

Postby ksl » Wed, 29 Dec 2010 7:47 pm

Comforting to know that the screws are being turned! You will see that i have a poll regarding check ins and check outs. A check in is the full inspection of the apartment or property to ensure the tenants are protected as much as possible. These inspections would be a fact finding mission of wear, tear and damage of fixtures and fittings, walls, ceilings, and floors and also hired furniture. Fees would apply in accordance with the size of property though a normal 3 bedroom 1800 sq around 200$ split between landlord and tenant.

This kind of service would also have documentary evidence which can be produced in the case of any disagreement from the Landlord or tenant, it would be suggested that both parties contribute for the documented evidence of check in and check out! A clear understanding and statement of facts in the event that Landlords try to with hold the deposits and also a benefit for Landlords, that have difficulty with tenants.

http://news.xin.msn.com/en/singapore/ar ... id=4548313

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Postby x9200 » Wed, 29 Dec 2010 8:02 pm

Looks good. Will see how it is going to be in real life situations. The obvious problem would be not the agents but the landlords resistance towards this kind of arbitrary mediating bodies. Gross problems are not due to subjective judgment (here would be a need of mediation) but greedy and dishonest behavior of the landlords. All will then depends on how the courts will judge in the situation when the landlord refuses the mediation and the check in/out by the independent party. It may not make her/him automatically "guilty".

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Postby curiousgeorge » Wed, 29 Dec 2010 9:37 pm

Now the next step is law only allowing deposits to be held in escrow...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:22 pm

So, that means only 210 agents were giving the other 27,000+ agents a bad name? Nah. Sounds like only the tip of the iceberg. There are as many agents here as there are taxis! :o And none of 'em are any good.

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Postby carteki » Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:52 pm

curiousgeorge wrote:Now the next step is law only allowing deposits to be held in escrow...


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Postby ksl » Thu, 30 Dec 2010 4:21 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:So, that means only 210 agents were giving the other 27,000+ agents a bad name? Nah. Sounds like only the tip of the iceberg. There are as many agents here as there are taxis! :o And none of 'em are any good.


You are quite right SMS, many of the agents are already biased, and I suspect many landlords that make a living from hacking into the deposits, will not flow with the stream. However I'm pretty sure that there are many good landlords too, so it's a matter of creating a focal point of the issues, that expatriate can view for themselves, one doesn't need the landlord or agents permission or to record a check in.

So it's what makes the expatriate more secure, though an independant check in agent would be objective as a 3rd party if needed. If it helps or not is a matter for the SCT courts.


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