Rent Singapore rental deposit return – 5 tried and tested ways to get your deposit back

  • April 19, 2018
  • 4 min read
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Sean has a writing experience of 3 years and is currently with Stacked Homes focused on general property research, helping to pen articles focused on condos. In his free time, he enjoys photography and coffee tasting.

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Hi Sean, your advise will be most appreciated if you can let me know whether the 1 month deposit can be confiscated when the tenant did not abide by the 2-year term Tenancy Agreement by giving notice of rental termination after staying for 4 months. No reason was given when the notice was given.

Stacked Homes
Stacked Homes

Hi, it depends on the contract e.g. do you have a diplomatic clause? In most cases, if the tenant breaks the contract before the lease is up, then the deposit can be used to offset loss of rent and your marketing costs.


hi Sean, During this circuit breaker period where no contractor/property agent is allowed to conduct non-essential work, how could we determine the cost of damages caused in order to offset a reasonable amount from the rental deposit? Typically the period is 14 days, but in view of the lock down period, is it possible to allow this period to be extended as an exceptional case due to unforeseen circumstances? The reason for extension period is solely for the purpose that when the lock down period is lifted up and allowing contractor to attend to the site. And yes the said… Read more »


Hi Sean, I entered into a 2 year lease 4years ago. The last 2 years the landlord has been trying to sell and issued me with a 3month notice period so either party can terminate with 3 month notice period. The landlord never signed and returned that to me. A house has become available as will be taking over the friends lease yet need to move in 2 months time. What are my options as landlord never signed the 3 month contract and returned to me. Can I just not pay the last 2 months rent and they can take… Read more »


Hi Sean.. My 2 year lease was extended by 1 more year which I understand makes SCT a no-go area. Pls advise what is the next best way to get my security deposit back – there have been irregular and malafide deductions which I can defend strongly. Thanks


Hi Sean, if my landlord agreed via his agent whatsapp to allow me to break my lease early, but upon returning the keys, one week later decided to do a small claim tribunal of the remaining lease. What can I do?

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