0616River Place condos, expatriate
relocation to Singapore educational stories for expats and realtors are extracted from
The Internet Realtors, Singapore, sponsored by AsiaHomes Internet.
Singapore real estate, housing, condo apartment "You got Tenant" ad by AsiaHomes Internet.
You got Tenant, Surfer?
Properties shown in this report are for sale to foreigners.
Close to downtown Orchard Road. Cross the overhead bridge over Havelock Road (picture
above) to a bus stop to get a bus to Orchard Road (right will be Singapore River and
Orchard Road) in 5 minutes. Raffles Place will be on the left of Havelock Road.
River Place Condos by
the Singapore River
1-bedroom from $3,000 - $3,500 fully furnished.
Tel: +65 9668 6468, email judy@asia
July 10, 2001
East Coast bungalow, no pool, $7,000. Big living and dining rooms. Big backyard but over
10 years old.
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This story was contributed by www.asiahomes.com realtors.
Played out by the incumbent Tenant.
"I am not paying any commission," said the Landlady. "You contacted
the Tenant direct and not me. You should have paid $5.00 to check the records and
The co-broking agent said: "It is an open market. The Tenant wants to break lease and
has said you are agreeable to the new lease!"
This was unexpected. We had met the Landlord at 8 p.m with the new prospective tenant.
A letter of intent had been accepted by the Landlord, according to the existing
Tenant and the co-broking agent Kerry.
"The present Tenant is renting at $6,000 per month and your offer is $5,400. I
could have advertised and get this offer too," said the Landlady.
Why did the Landlady turn up? This was bad for me as I assumed that Kerry knew his
"The existing Tenant should pay the commission since he has been actively soliciting
realtors to get a replacement Tenant," the Landlord said firmly.
But the existing Tenant was not going to pay anything.
"Mr Holt told me that I need not pay any commission." the Landlord explained.
If realtors want to be suckers, let them learn this bitter experience.
The co-broking agent had never discussed with him. Fortunately, the Letter of Intent
from asiahomes.com had a clause to the Landlord saying that he would be paying agency
commission. If he signs the Letter of Intent, he would have agreed. Without this
clause, this would be a hopeless case in the court of law.
"I will pay you half the co-broking commission," said the Landlord while I would
receive the full since it was not my fault. "Let this be a lesson to you."
It was better than nothing for Kerry.
The Letter of Intent had said that the Landlord would install a cable line to the utility
"All cable points are concealed and built in by the Developer" said the
Landlord. Meaning that she did not want exposed piping and wires running over the walls in
the installation of the cable line, destroying the beauty of this condo by the waters.
My client wanted to compromise by asking for a small table in the bedroom 2. "Don't
make any offers," I advised my client who really fell in love with this condo and its
furnishings. It would be very difficult for her as the bedroom 2 would be used by
another adult and the utility room would be the only room for her to do her internet
business. The Landlord was only too pleased to accept her offer.
Sometimes, it would be better if my clients don't
meet the Landlord and let me do the negotiations.
"I am not going to pay for the installation of this cable line," said the
Landlord. "Is the existing Tenant going to pay for it?" Agent Kerry
did not know. Obviously not.
The charges were $150.
"In this case, this is no agreement and we can all go home." I said. $5,400 for
a 1300 sq. ft condo, no matter how well furnished, is on the high side for a downtown
condo. The Landlord now has a reason not to permit the existing Tenant to break the
lease with a replacement Tenant.
The Landlord had to decide and she said OK for the cable line. The tenancy agreement
was rushed to her the next day in the morning with the Tenant having signed it. But
she had approved the draft and the formality was only a signature from her.
"I will read it later in the evening when I am free," the Landlady said briskly
as I must have interrupted her business meeting.
My clients started getting the telephone applications done.
At 7 p.m, the Landlady phoned: "The existing Tenant asked me not to sign as he had
difficulty negotiating his new house! I know it is not fair to your nice American
My clients would have gone to their 2nd choice and had only one day left in Singapore. The
existing Tenant had told every agent that he could move out any time and had told us that
he would move out in 10 days' time.
Now, he wanted 3 days to find his own house.
"I have not banked in the 3 months' rent cheque," said the Landlord. Does
it mean she can get out of the deal?
Yes, as long as she had not signed the tenancy agreement.
"This is a good opportunity for you to tell the incumbent Tenant that you had obliged
and you do get $6,000 for the next 12 months. This would be a considerable $7,200 loss if
you accept my client," I said.
I gave her 6 hours to reply, failing which, my client had to consider the second offer.
Unfortunately for me, the second offer involved another agent. But this would be the
fair thing to do.
"I can't believe it," Alice, my client said as I called her on Tuesday morning
at 8 a.m. "The $16,200 deposit money needs to be returned before I fly to the
U.S in the next 24 hours."
The existing Tenant has played out, not only the realtors, but the Landlord has well.
The Landlord gave the Tenant an ultimatum. The Tenant decided that he would move out on
the very last day although he promised Alice that he would move out 7 days earlier.
He had promised that the good quality single bed and the balcony deck chair bought
by him would be left behind. He substituted with a maid's bed and a different sun
deck chair. He moved out on the evening of the last day leaving no time for a proper
cleaning up of the apartment.
Alice was very furious on the day of the handover. The kitchen was dirty. The sink
choked. The marble floor of the living area had 6 long lines of scratches caused by the
movers. The Landlord said she was not free to turn up at the handing over. My assistant
tried her best to help.
"How do we check whether this Roman blind in the bedroom is functioning well
too.?" asked Alice who now had to check out every defect. For the venetian
blinds, you could just pull sideways to drop them. My assistant did that. The Roman blind
fell off its attachment and crashed onto Alice's face.
We expected her to explode. Italians have very strong emotions, we believe.
Fortunately, she saw the funny side and just burst out laughing to tears.
This handing over took 3 hours; the expatriates had to stay in the hotel for the
next 3 days while a professional cleaning firm was engaged by the Landlord.