This Singapore Tenant Residential Property eGuide is designed to help Singapore Tenants with a renting a home direct from Singapore Landlords. RENTALS.SG is the only direct listing marketplace for landlords to reach out to potential tenants in Singapore.
A Tenant’s Guide To Finding The Right Rental Property
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worldwide and a growing community of landlords who list their
long-term rental properties direct to potential tenants.
With rental demand growing in major cities around the world,
Singapore is no exception. RENTALS.SG presents a local unique
platform for landlords to reach potential tenants without the costly
expense of engaging a real estate agent.
We believe in keeping the process of renting a property as simple
as possible, which is why believe in the beneﬁts of a system that
allows you to deal direct with the decision maker – the landlord.
When you use RENTALS.SG, in most instances, you will deal
direct with the property owner.
We hope you will ﬁnd this guide useful as you reach out to ﬁnd a
new home in Singapore.
Looking For A
You may have just relocated to Singapore and are now
considering renting a property for the ﬁrst time, or perhaps you
have lived here for a number of years and are looking for a
We have created this eGuide to help you get started and to
familiarise yourself with the basics of renting a property in
Importantly, being a tenant does hold a responsibility and you
should take time to understand what is expected of you and, of
course, your landlord.
By fulﬁlling your role as a tenant effectively you will give yourself
the best possible chance of a rewarding relationship with your
To start your search and plan your viewings, simply visit
RENTALS.SG and make contact with each property owner
Keeping The Process
When you use RENTALS.SG, in most instances, you will deal
directly with the property owner. You can ask questions and
conﬁrm details with the owner before arranging to view the
property. In this way, you can save time and create a short list of
properties based on ﬁrst hand information.
With a short list of potential rentals, you may arrange a convenient
time to meet the landlord’s and view each property. Landlord’s
would know their own property well and can provide you with
useful information and advice. They can also tell you directly what
they can and cannot provide for you in terms of your request list.
When you decide to rent the property, you will sign a Letter of
Intent and pay a good faith deposit to keep the property off of the
market. During this time the property owner will prepare and
provide you with a Tenancy Agreement for review and signature.
By going direct to landlord’s you will beneﬁt from a more efﬁcient
ﬁrst hand discussion rather than through a third or even fourth
Choosing The Right Location and Budget
Location and budget are probably the two most important
considerations when deciding where to rent a property.
Other important factors may include accessibility for work and
school. Give some thought to trafﬁc ﬂow at different times of the
day. A good location with easy access to your key and regular
destinations is important.
The choice between renting a landed property or a condominium
should be inﬂuenced by your personal or family lifestyle
requirements. Many condominiums have excellent facilities that
could be an ideal beneﬁt for children. Landed properties may offer
a garden. We encourage property owners to provide as much
information as possible on their property and the facilities through
a comprehensive checklist at the time of listing the property.
Budget criteria is a very personal matter, but needless to say,
certain locations and developments are more expensive than
others. Take a little time to research the locations where you have
interest. Remember that renovated units in older developments
can also offer good value.
Know Your Landlord’s
Your Lease Agreement will ultimately deﬁne the responsibilities of
both parties. Some conditions may vary as negotiated and if you
are unsure, you should seek the advice of a lawyer.
The landlord is generally responsible for:
- Allowing the tenants to reside in the property undisturbed.
- Undertaking certain repairs and keeping the property in good
order, including to maintain the structure and exterior of the
property, water supply, electrical wiring, drainage and toilets.
However, repairs of less than S$150.00 are the responsibility of
- Major repairs on air-conditioning units. The regular service
contract is a tenant responsibility and is likely a condition of the
- Payment of management charges and government fees.
- To make sure that the building complies with all local
Know Your Landlord’s Rights &
The landlord has certain rights in addition to responsibilities and
you should be aware of these. In general;
- The landlord can repossess the property should the rent go
unpaid as stipulated in the Tenancy Agreement and the landlord
may still collect any overdue rent from the tenant.
- The landlord may dispose of any unclaimed items left at the
property within a speciﬁed period of time.
- Exercise any break in the lease that is in accordance with the
terms of the Tenancy Agreement.
- Enter the property after providing the tenant with reasonable
notice, usually stipulated in the Tenancy Agreement.
- Can seek possession of the property if it has been determined
to be signiﬁcantly damaged by the tenant.
Know Your Tenant
As a tenant you should be aware of your responsibilities towards
the landlord and property :
- To reside in the property and pay all rent, utilities, services such
as cable television and internet for both activation and
- Pay the relevant government fees to register the Tenancy
- For landed properties, the swimming pool, gardening, and pest
control are usually the tenant's responsibility.
- Servicing of the air-conditioning units using a regular contractor
and service plan.
- To take good care of the property and furnishings and not be
negligent (except for fair wear and tear). Pay for any minor
repairs up the amount stipulated in the Tenancy Agreement.
- To return the property in good condition. In the case of
exercising the Diplomatic Clause, reimburse to the landlord the
agents commission fees for the remaining rental period.
Viewing Your New
When you view the rental property, you will likely meet your
potential landlord for the ﬁrst time. He will be able to explain the
property to you in detail and also elaborate on the area in general.
You should take this opportunity to discuss ﬁrst hand with the
landlord your requirements and determine any ﬂexibility with
regard to the rental rate and items that you may require. Having a
checklist prepared may help but recognize that the landlord may
have limitations. Taking photographs is a good way to remember
each property that you view.
Check the exterior and interior of the property, the condition of
equipment such as the cooker, oven, fridge/freezer, air-cons,
washing machine and dryer.
Are the general premises well maintained? Is there adequate
parking? Is the security professional? Who will be your
neighbors? Try and obtain as much information as possible to
help make an informed decision.
Importantly, use this opportunity to establish a good relationship
with your potential landlord.
Safety Standards for rentals in the UK, for example, are very strict
and are set out under the the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire
Safety) Amendment Regulations 1993. No such regulations apply
in Singapore and it is in your own interests to satisfy yourself that
adequate measures are considered are taken with your rental
property. We are keen to establish responsible practices between
landlords and tenants.
- Generally speaking furniture made before 1988 is unlikely to
meet the necessary UK safety standards. These include
upholstery such as beds, headboards, mattresses, futons, sofa
beds, children’s furniture, cushions and pillows.
- Check these items by looking for the permanent label stating
the regulation it conforms to.
- Check for ﬁre extinguishers, smoke detectors throughout the
property and a ﬁre blanket for the kitchen.
- Electrical wiring in the property must be safe and in good
working order. Wiring that is more than 15 years old should be
checked on an annual basis.
- Under UK laws, landlords are required to service all gas related
equipment at least once every 12 months and keep a written
record. Check the last service date with your landlord.
Together We Improve
The Tenancy Agreement
Deposits & Payments
As soon as you have agreed to rent the property, you will need to
sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) prior to signing the Tenancy
Agreement. You will also be required to provide your passport and
employment pass details and pay the equivalent of one months,
rental as a good faith deposit.
Upon signing the Tenancy Agreement, you will be required to pay
a security deposit equal to two months rent. Usually your good
faith deposit is converted to equal one of these months. Advance
rent equal to one month is also payable at this time.
You should receive a written receipt for any payment that you
make and it is good practice to keep a record of any cheque that
you issue to the landlord.
Ensure that the Diplomatic Clause is included into your Tenancy
Agreement as this can be invoked should you be relocated to
another country during the rental period.
Prior to moving into your new rental property, you should check
with your landlord to ensure that:
- The property has been cleaned and any agreed repairs have
been carried out.
- All of the air-conditioning units have been serviced. You should
request a copy of the service report.
- The utility bills have been transferred to your name and meter
readings taken. You may also take a reading for your own
- That any equipment such as alarm systems have been labeled.
- You have a number of spare keys, access cards and parking
On the handover day you will be required to check the inventory
list and condition of the property. Be thorough and take pictures
as this may help to avoid a dispute at a later date. Correct and
countersign any amendments to the inventory list with the
Make sure you have noted any emergency contact numbers or
service numbers and have discussed and agreed a procedure
with the landlord. Finally, receive your keys and enjoy your new
RENTALS.SG is a marketplace that enables potential tenants and
landlords to Go Direct and ﬁnd a great place to live. Here are
some tips to get the best from this service:
- Research your preferred location and establish your budget.
- List your priorities for the type of rental you would prefer but at
the same time recognize that some concessions may have to
- Be responsive, clear and professional in your communication
- Keep accurate records of discussions, payments and
agreements, both formal and informal.
- Keep Safe. Your landlord is not obliged to provide safety
equipment but you may consider investing in this yourself and
take these items with you at the end of the rental period.
- Ensure timely payments of your rent.
- Resolve any potential problems early and amicably and by
- Maintain a good relationship with your landlord.
Happy home hunting!