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Glamorous Vets, Singapore as part of the BE KIND TO PETS community education project
is sponsored by AsiaHomes
The lady at the
other end of the telephone line said patiently: "You've got the right number but I
don't own the dog."
Could the dog be
abandoned?" It had happened once before but such incidents were once in a blue
moon. The last time it happened was a decade ago when a young man brought in a
poodle for treatment of skin diseases, gave a fictitious address and did not turn up at
relocation to Singapore educational stories extracted from The
Internet Realtors, Singapore, sponsored by AsiaHomes Internet. This story was contributed by www.asiahomes.com
The dodgy Landlord
"I will not be pressured to sign the tenancy agreement," said Mr Sabeti from his office at 8.30 a.m in the morning when I asked whether I could come to his office and get his signature to the revised tenancy agreement as it was handing over day. "The Landlord sounds dodgy. There are other townhouses for rent."
Mr Sabeti was a very nice English gentleman and we had seen sixteen houses and condos in two afternoons before the choice was made on a townhouse. This case was unforgettable because I slammed the door at the wrong time on Mrs Sabeti thinking she had already got into the back seat of the car. My assistant drove off before Mr Sabeti had closed the door as he needed more than the usual time to get into the back seat of the car.
It took triple the time for the English couple to squeeze into the back of the Toyota Corona together with two pre-teen daughters. There just was not sufficient width although the daughters were very slim.
The terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement had been agreed by the Landlord and the inventory check and handing over was due today. Now, the Landlord wanted to insert a anti-illegal migrant clause in the tenancy agreement.
I felt it was not necessary to do so at the last minute as it would sour the Landlord-Tenant relationship. Besides, I don't think this clause will keep the Landlord out of jail if illegal migrants are found in his rented premises. Or will it? I told the Landlord's agent accordingly. Mr Sabeti worked for the Singapore Government and had three teenaged daughters to come here to stay. Surely, a professional engineer would not harbour an illegal migrant. In any case, everything had been agreed.
"The Landlord forgot the clause," said the Landlord's agent who provided the clause which informed the Tenant that he would suffer the legal consequences if he harbour any illegal migrant.
"The Singapore Government had even jailed a pastor for 6 months for renting a room to an illegal migrant for $600 per month," I explained. He probably thought I was pulling a fast one.
I explained to the patient wife. Mr Sabeti could not believe it. In Britain, the illegal would be packed off on the plane at government expense and no Landlord would be jailed the mandatory six months as in Singapore, once an illegal migrant was discovered.
"If the Landlord does not appear to be a good Landlord, you can now not sign the tenancy agreement as this is a new offer and recover your good faith deposit," I explained to Mrs Sabeti. An offer to rent had been rejected since the Landlord now produces new terms and conditions. It will be up to the Tenant now to reject and get out of the deal.
"The stamp fees had been paid, the utility account had been transferred and the phone account had been opened." I explained and the stamp fees would have to be paid by the Tenant. Mrs Sabeti and her daughters were on the way to take possession of the townhouse. No doubt, they were very pleased with this townhouse and no angry father could overrule four female members although the sole breadwinner did hold the purse strings.
But now, the Landlord had opened the door for the Tenant to reject his offer. I gave the revised tenancy agreement to Mrs Sabeti and hoped for the best. There are many choices for the Tenant in 2001 although the four-bedroom dream home may not have all desired features at a rent of $4,000 which is considered low for a newer townhouse.
"The reason why Mr Sabeti was angry was that his boss took over two months to find a home while he took two afternoons," Mrs Sabeti explained to me. However, his boss did have to live in a hotel for two months.
"I have clients who decided after seeing six apartments in half a day and clients who saw a hundred over several weeks," I explained. Mrs Sabeti certainly did not relish the idea of being holed up in a hotel room for two months. The family liked the townhouse, the surroundings, the expatriate community, the fresh breezes and tall green trees. The rent was within their budget and they had four bedrooms. Only that the family found it in the 7th day of their 14th day of stay in the hotel and it sounded too soon. Now, there's the dodgy Landlord to contend with!
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