Escape and Reimbursement Clause
Always go to check for this clause as it must safeguard you in case of employment lost or transferred to other countries. It will make you able to terminate the lease after 12 months by giving two months’ notice. So that refund of the security deposit will be made to you. If the rent is more than one year even then, most landlords include the Diplomatic clause.
Reimbursement Clause, together with Diplomatic clause us usually seen in the standard Singapore Tenancy Agreement. As per this clause, if you exercise a Diplomatic term, you’ll have to reimburse the commission part with the landlord’s paid to agent.
For two years lease landlord, had paid full one month’s agent commission. If you use a Diplomatic clause to terminate the lease, which means you’re unable to complete two years, refunding pro-rata commission is a compulsion for you. That’s why, along with the Diplomatic clause in the Tenancy Agreement, they usually demand a reimbursement clause.
Telecommunication Provision and Responsibility
Tenants are responsible for the installation charges and monthly bills for the following services
- SP Services for the water and electricity supply
- City gas for piped gas in selected areas.
- Singapore Telecom offers a residential telephone line.
- Star hub Cable Vision (SCV) for cable television and cable broadband internet
At times tenants can also request the fixed bills to be included as a package in the rental amount.
Maintenance of leased assertion and carrying out of minor repair at its own cost is the tenant’s responsibility, but with the condition that restoration does not exceed $100 or $150. Normally, it is mentioned in the standard agreement.
If the damage and malfunction of appliances are not resulting in the tenant’s negligence, repair and maintenance cost are high in amount, and then it’ll be the landlord’s responsibility to payout.
Service contracts for items like air conditioning, gardening, pool service, and pest control must be taken up by tenants.
Do check the rental amount as the rental amount is divided into:
- rental of premises
- rental of furniture and fittings
- maintenance fees
Always make sure the added rental amount is the same as you agreed.
In Singapore, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore stamps the Tenancy Agreement for adding value and make it valid. Without stamped by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, it’s of no value. In case of future disputes, only stamped Tenancy Agreement is served as evidence in court. It protects both parties’ interests—usually, tenant borne stamping duty.