During the handover, my agent found a small crack on a rocky surface in the kitchen and removed half of the deposit without my confirmation. He only shared the information via email and he is not discussed properly with us in this context. When I try to negotiate for this, he will deflect the topic and say that after a week of break, the house will not be well cleaned from the delivery date, and they also say that for such damages, the tenant has to pay for what I am not sure if it is real or not. The tenant can affirm that the property he rents is uninhabitable if the rental unit is not viable and the owner does not communicate it to him. In this case, the tenant must prove that the property could not be rented without unreasonable interruption of the tenant`s residence. If they can, they will be exempt from any obligation to pay the rent and will be reimbursed from their deposit. This clause determines the amount to be paid for damage to wear and tear (damage caused by direct negligence is deducted from the deposit). Under conventional terms, tenants pay the first $150 to repair wear and tear, while the landlord takes care of the rest. It is possible to lose the month of unpaid rent of the deposit if he is not able to provide this proof on the date indicated. The owner has the right to deduct from the wear deposit, but did he mention how much will be deducted? If it is less than the total amount of the bond, it is proposed to apply to the Small Claims Tribunal to settle the dispute. As for your case, no, I think you don`t have to pay for an extra month of leasing.
The deposit should already be covered. In addition, these conditions are not included in the rental agreement and therefore should not be applied. I`m sorry you and your family went through a turbulent time in your rooms for rent. It`s best to check with your lawyer and agent what is the best recourse you have right now when they are best acquainted with the clauses of your TA. I have noticed that you have video and photographic documents from previous cases that may have made the premises uninhabitable. The black and white/photo/video documentation and a clear chronology of events will be of good service to the parties when they decide to take the case to the Small Claims Tribunal. Please click here for more information. He told me not to pay back the $50 because of my commitment. But as far as I know, I didn`t sign the contract, so non-refundable deposits don`t apply. What I see on my $50 serves as a guarantee to book the room for a while, until I make my final decision. I would really welcome advice on what a property in Singapore deems uninhabitable.
In short, we are currently in conflict with our LL. Our air conditioner broke on July 30th, the rent was paid as usual on August 1st and LL informed about the air conditioning. While it was tricky from the start (explaining that would be a whole different message!), we weren`t particularly concerned about air conditioning, as the TA clearly says it`s on it. Almost 2 weeks later, he refuses to fix it. Reason? Because although the loud buzz begins as soon as it is turned on, the air is cool for about 3-5 minutes before you start blowing hot air. He thinks we should just live with the “inconveniences” of buzzing noise and turn off the air conditioning every two minutes when the hot air starts. . . .