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

  • April 19, 2018
  • 3 min read
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Sean

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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ho swee lun
ho swee lun
3 years ago

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
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  ho swee lun

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.

Jannon
Jannon
3 years ago

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 period falls within current CB extended period by government.
Is there an avenue to make the extension legitimate?

Greg
Greg
3 years ago

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 it from my deposit or what the laws around that?

Greg
Greg
3 years ago
Reply to  Sean

Hi Sean, thank you for the detailed reply. Just to clarify on your final line, should or shouldn’t

Greg
Greg
3 years ago
Reply to  Sean

Hi Sean, my contract finished 2 years ago. I was given an extension letter which would be a 3 month notice to break at any time. Just on-going contract with 3 months notice. I have never received a signed copy back

Rajneesh
Rajneesh
3 years ago

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

kuro
kuro
3 years ago

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?

kuro
kuro
3 years ago
Reply to  Sean

Yes it was communicated by the landlord agent. Yet now the landlord back out and tried to file claim

Freda
Freda
1 year ago

Hi Sean! We had just exited an apartment which we were staying for close to 6 years. Knowing that our landlord is the sneaky kind, we mad sure to hand back the apartment in very good condition to the point where he has resorted to charging us $80 for apparently scrubbing the stains off 3 WCs as well as for aircon remote controls that he had already accepted on the inventory list. We were not agreeable to these charges as we have pictures and proof to counter his claims. He has however stopped responding to our communication and still has our whole deposit (he is claiming about 3.8% of it). We will go to SCT but would like him to suffer some consequences too. Can we charge interest on the sum that is rightfully ours yet he is witholding? Thanks in advance.

Ad.
Ad.
1 year ago
Reply to  Freda

I had the misfortune of the landlord claiming up to 2k for replacing stuff which we did not know it to be broken or spoilt. There was also no proof of the damages and invoices was just billed to us. We are at the mercy as deposit was held by them. I do agree that landlord should suffer some consequences too for claiming irresponsibly.

Sal
Sal
5 months ago
Reply to  Ad.

Hi did you manage to figure out this? Appreciate if you can share the experience. I am currently experiencing the same, after raising the rent to crazy amount we decided not to continue, before the handover they already have bad intention by asking us to replace or the wear and tear items, even trying to ask us for items doesn’t exist in the first place. It’s been a month now and they still yet to give our deposit back.

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