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can EP holders leave their rental apartments early

Post by wahid110 » Tue, 15 Jan 2013 7:39 am

Hi, I am an Employment Pass holder rented an apartment on a one-year contract. I have paid one month as deposit.
I would like to know if it is possible to leave the apartment before the contract ends? can I legally get back my deposit if I give proper notice in advance?

thanks

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Re: can EP holders leave their rental apartments early

Post by the lynx » Tue, 15 Jan 2013 8:49 am

wahid110 wrote:Hi, I am an Employment Pass holder rented an apartment on a one-year contract. I have paid one month as deposit.
I would like to know if it is possible to leave the apartment before the contract ends? can I legally get back my deposit if I give proper notice in advance?

thanks
Depends on your contract. What does it say inside regarding early termination? Any diplomatic clause?

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Post by nakatago » Tue, 15 Jan 2013 8:56 am

No, generally.

The diplomatic cause which lets you not finish a lease is only found in tenancy agreements for two-year leases. Usually, it can only be used after one year occupancy. I've never heard anyone have the diplomatic clause on one-year leases.

Moreover, even if you're entitled to get back your deposit, some landlords find the flimsiest excuses not to return it (because they've spent it already) such as a thin speck of dust ("need to clean") or a broken tile that would entail retiling the whole floor.

So, if you're the one who's gonna break the agreement, you need to pay the rest of your lease and good luck getting your deposit back. If you really have to leave, make arrangements with your landlord.

You can appeal to your landlord for things outside your tenancy agreement. However, I wouldn't count on it as their agent would most probably apply every trick in the book to make you spend MORE money. Assume the worst as it's generally greedy landlords/landlords' agents.
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Re: can EP holders leave their rental apartments early

Post by offshoreoildude » Tue, 15 Jan 2013 9:45 am

wahid110 wrote:Hi, I am an Employment Pass holder rented an apartment on a one-year contract. I have paid one month as deposit.
I would like to know if it is possible to leave the apartment before the contract ends? can I legally get back my deposit if I give proper notice in advance?

thanks
You can leave any time .... you'll lose everything you've paid to date and risk having the LL hound you for the rest of the lease amount. In this case it's best to alert the LL you want to leave - ask him to allow you to find a replacement tenant and when that tenant is found then leave.
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