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Post by JR8 » Wed, 05 Feb 2014 6:42 pm

Saint wrote:I'm struggling to comprehend the Landlord's logic.
We've seen cases of this before 'The Pride of the SGn Landlord'. I think you have to consider it in terms of Asian 'must win' kiasuism.

Rather have a $3000/pm unit empty for 6 months, than negotiate and agree a $200/pm reduction on a 12 month let.

Pride before pragmatism.

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Post by Sergei82 » Wed, 05 Feb 2014 7:10 pm

A friend of mine likes the unit he is living with and really doesn't want to move out. Looks like landlord wants to try her chances. Nothing can be done. As I said I'm fortunate to have my TA renewal in more than a year ahead.
Or unfortunate... who knows what government comes up with by that time? :)

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Post by TandD » Thu, 06 Feb 2014 9:42 pm

Saint - Thank you for that, have made notes on your advise.

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Post by zzm9980 » Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:10 am

Funny, I'm moving out of my HDB and I casually asked the landlord's agent why she hadn't been bringing new tenants by. She informed me she wasn't going to work for the landlord anymore, as the landlord wanted to raise the rent again and she felt the landlord was too high over the market. I'm currently paying $2800 (And the agent even said that was too high! hah. I knew this, but didn't want to lose the diplo clause which I just used) and the landlord wants to go to $3200 also.
She said that it would take her 4-5 months to fill the unit and it wasn't worth that time to her. She agreed with our common philosophy to fill it at a reasonable rate with no downtime, and not have empty periods just to get a higher rent.

This is in Marine Parade. Old 3-room improved (utility rom), but relatively recently rehabbed and full sea view. Agent mentioned condo rents are plummeting and condos in the area in getting to about the same range.

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Post by Sergei82 » Fri, 07 Feb 2014 7:25 am

Yes, Marine Parade 2.8 K for 3 room HDB looks a bit high, considering there is no MRT around.

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Post by zzm9980 » Fri, 07 Feb 2014 9:12 am

Sergei82 wrote:Yes, Marine Parade 2.8 K for 3 room HDB looks a bit high, considering there is no MRT around.
It's pretty well connected by bus to most anywhere, and this is my bedroom and living room view which justifies some (but not all) of the cost:


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Post by Max Headroom » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 9:53 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:I was even luckier than that. When I came here I was single so I lived in our company's flop house (actually a nice semi-d up on Watten Estate (where Strong Eagle used to live) for the first year. After I got married, I bid on and successfully secured an old Black & White in Seletar Camp for a ridiculously low amount of rent (even by standards back then - 1983) from the old UDMC before they gave up the management of the Black & Whites to the money grubbing Pidemco/Premas Int'l group. I stayed in the same place at the same rent from 1983 till I bought my HDB flat in Jan '97 and because Pidemco went up on my rent 3 times in 2.5 years I said screw it, I'm going to buy something as it no longer more viable to rent (interest rates were substantially higher back in the 80's & early 90's). I never used an agent from the beginning. I did use an agent to find my flat because of being a 2%'er married to a 7%'er a lot of sleuthing had to be done. Fortunately, she was a jewel. She also didn't have much good to say about her colleagues in the industry. She was a recommendation and it was for a purchase, not for a rental.
Looks like you'll be able to go back to your old home pretty soon SMS. Just read they're going to overhaul the entire compound.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:57 am

Again? They reno'd them just after I moved out in '99 as well. With rental up above 3K/mo I don't think I'll be going back out there. ;-)
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Post by Max Headroom » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:15 am

Looks like they're turning it into a heritage place.

There's a beaute of a villa opposite Marine parade CC. Well, it was a beaute anyway, until the owner gave it a new paint job. The color? Get this: disco-blue :???:

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:31 am

:o :lol:
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Post by Sergei82 » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:31 pm

Max Headroom wrote:Looks like they're turning it into a heritage place.

There's a beaute of a villa opposite Marine parade CC. Well, it was a beaute anyway, until the owner gave it a new paint job. The color? Get this: disco-blue :???:
Would be interesting to see a photo. :)

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Post by Addadude » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:49 pm

Max Headroom wrote:Looks like they're turning it into a heritage place.
If anybody in Singapore deserves to live in a heritage site it would be SMS.
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Post by earthfriendly » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:55 pm

SMS ~ The Living Heritage :mrgreen:

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Post by JR8 » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 1:53 pm

:lol:

Cue: Uncle Grumpy!

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 2:00 pm

:tongue:
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