Rent a Room in Singapore in 8 Easy Steps!

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Perhaps you’re planning to rent a room in Singapore because you’re an international student and will be spending a semester here, or you’re a foreigner on your first overseas work assignment in Singapore. Or maybe you’re renting because you’re moving out of your parents’ home.

Regardless of the reason, renting a room in Singapore shouldn’t be daunting or time-consuming. 

To help you get started on your hunt to rent a room in Singapore, we’ve created a simple yet comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about renting a room in the Lion City.

 

How do I rent a room in Singapore?

Step 1: Prepare a list of requirements

Step 2: Kickstart your room-hunt on PropertyGuru 

Step 3: View shortlisted rental properties

Step 4: Negotiate the monthly rent

Step 5: Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the landlord

Step 6: Sign the Tenancy Agreement

Step 7: Pay the rental stamp duty

Step 8: Move into your rental room!

 

Before we go into the details, 

How long does it take to find a room for rent?

It’s recommended that you begin your search for a rental room at least 2 months before the date you plan to relocate. The search can either be relatively easy or lengthy, depending on your requirements and budget. 

For instance, you might take a longer time to find the right room to rent if your monthly rental budget is $600 or below, while most rooms available in the vicinity costs more.

If you’re a foreigner and it’s your first time in Singapore, it’d be good to allocate more time and begin your search at least 3 months in advance. This ensures you won’t be hard-pressed for time in your search, which could lead to poor decisions. 

With ample time devoted to your room-hunt, you can carefully research the different districts in Singapore, the different amenities available, as well as the pros and cons of different rental properties.

 

Steps to Renting a Room in Singapore

Step 1: Prepare a list of requirements

You should begin by creating a list of your requirements for your ideal room to rent in Singapore. What is your budget? What is your priority? Is it the location (perhaps it needs to be close to your office?), or the amenities that come along (condo pool, gym?) By listing down what you are looking for based on your priorities, you can narrow down the potential areas for your search, and ultimately find a good and affordable rental room. 

Here’s an example of a list of requirements you can create. 

 

Requirements

Type of property

HDB flat or private condo

Possible areas

A place that’s close to a park, and within 30 to 60 minutes to Google’s Singapore campus at 70 Pasir Panjang Road by MRT

Facilities and furnishings

Must come with ensuite bathroom, as well as a bed, stove, refrigerator, and air conditioning unit

Monthly rent

$900 to $1,100

 

Step 2: Kick-start your room-hunt on PropertyGuru

Filter tools on PropertyGuru’s search bar

Want to rent a room in Singapore that’s close to the MRT? You can enter the name of an MRT station and set the distance criterion

Want to rent a room in Singapore that’s close to the MRT? You can enter the name of an MRT station and set the distance criterion

Now that you’ve listed the attributes of your ideal rental property, it’s time to explore our listings of rooms for rent for HDB flats and condos, leveraging our extensive database and search engine to expedite your room-hunt. 

 

You can filter your rental search by attributes such as:

District

Find Property

District

Proximity to a specific MRT station

Search Listings by MRT Stations

Proximity to a specific MRT station

If you’ve engaged a property agent, you’ll need to pay him/her a commission either worth half a month or a full month’s rent, depending on the duration of the rental and the agreed monthly rent. 

For more details, you can check out this article on how much you’ll need to pay your agent for helping you rent a room in Singapore.

Working With Agents

For more details, you can check out this article on how much you’ll need to pay your agent for helping you rent a room in Singapore.

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Step 8: Move into your rental room!

After you’ve signed the Tenancy Agreement, paid the stamp duty, security deposit, and the first month’s rent, the landlord will hand over the keys to you.

Be sure to conduct a comprehensive check of the room and its appliances, furniture, and fixtures. Make sure that all items indicated in the signed Tenancy Agreement’s inventory list are there. 

In addition, you should also take photos and videos of the property, including the items within. This way, if your landlord falsely accuses you of replacing the items without his/her permission, you’ll have proof that you didn’t replace anything. 

 

More FAQ related to Room Rental in Singapore

How do I rent a room in Singapore?

Follow the 8 easy steps in this article, and you’re good to go!

What is the best way to rent a room?

Start your search at least 2 months before the intended date of move. This way, you will have the time to research, book appointments for viewing and make an informed decision before deciding.

What does renting a room include?

This is dependent on the agreement that you will have with your landlord. Be sure to check your contract carefully, and put any verbal agreements in writing to avoid potential disputes.

Can I rent my HDB room?

There are certain eligibility requirements that have to be met in order to rent a room in your HDB flat. Check them out here.

 

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