3 tips from experienced property agent Elaine Ang of ERA Realty Network Singapore for when the owner…
“If you are concerned with an unresponsive landlord, in case a leaking ceiling or spoilt air-conditioner needs fixing, you can insert a clause into the tenancy agreement stating that you can get the items repaired on your own, and deduct the cost from the rental if he or she does not carry out repairs within, say, 30 days. Keep all receipts as evidence of payment.”
“Once you move in, take pictures of any defects such as scratches on walls or peeling door paint and send these to the landlord within 30 days to reduce problems during the handover process.”
“Be upfront with the landlord if you intend to rear a pet in the house. Most landlords will insist that any damages caused by your pet must be rectified before the property is handed back – and that includes any kind of flea infestations.”
By Mizah Salik + Tara Baker, The Finder Issue 299
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