Malaysian Claims Some Landlords In Singapore Impose Strict & Strange Renting Rules
Renting is a pretty common practice in Singapore, especially among foreigners. However, some landlords have apparently been known to impose their own set of strange and absurd rules on their tenants.
This is a trend that Malaysian TikToker Felix Lim, aka @lixiedixiie, recently noticed. He claimed that local landlords have rather strange requirements when it comes to choosing their tenants.
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Many related to his experiences, attributing the rules to previous experiences of bad tenants.
Malaysian shares weird renting rules by landlords
Posting to TikTok on 14 Dec 2022, Lim said some landlords in Singapore impose “weird rules” on their tenants.
For instance, they would typically ban household activities such as cooking. Some would restrict doing laundry to only once a week or before midnight.
Lim then said landlords would ask potential renters for personal particulars, such as their race and occupation.
A few of them, he added, would only rent out their unit if the tenant worked a nine-to-five job.
Lim went on to share that one of his friends was also the ‘victim’ of such strict rules. They allegedly had to place a bucket in their shower to “save water” so that their landlord could use it to water his plants.
This puzzled Lim, who asked if such rules were universal.
“The prices are already so high, and you want to impose all these weird rules,” he lamented.
Rental prices currently at 6-year high
Speaking to MS News, Lim admitted that renting housing units in Singapore has been tough, especially with prices at a six-year high.
Even with the option of co-living, it has still become too costly, so much so that the prices have exceeded his budget.
According to Lim, he often encounters listings for a common room priced at upwards of S$1,000 for “far out” areas. He claims that a friend has even paid S$1,800 for such a room in central Singapore.
Therefore, he said that he might have to move across the border for the time being — at least until the current rate of inflation eases.
Netizens empathise with tenant’s plight
Many netizens seemed to relate to Lim’s experiences, with many opening up about their own ordeals at the hands of landlords in Singapore.
One user claimed that their landlord would just enter their apartment whenever they wanted.
Another was informed that tenants could not wear strong perfume whilst inside the unit.
On the other hand, others suggested that these rules could be in place due to past encounters with bad tenants.
As a result, the landlords would prefer to err on the side of caution rather than risk a similar negative situation.
This TikToker stated that landlords may simply want to avoid inconveniencing their neighbours, hence the rules.
After all, there have been cases of unchecked tenants going so far as to violate the law.
With that said, the current situation does seem pretty dire for tenants with the combination of strict rules and spiking prices. Hopefully, it will ease sometime in the future.
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