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Hi there, thanks for writing to us on AskGuru.

A tenancy agreement protects both the landlords and tenants whereby there are terms and conditions that both parties must abide to during the rental period. This is to prevent any disputes from both parties.

A lease agreement consists of the following:
- Premises: Includes the date, name of parties and address of the property concerned
- Habendum: Meaning “to have and to hold”, indicates the commencement and duration of the lease term
- Reddendum: Rent clause in the lease. Includes rent amount, deposit, service charge, rent review
- Convenants: Expressed and implied covenants
- Conditions
- Warranty

If all the above clauses are present, then it is a standard Tenancy Agreement.

What the agent is referring to is a minor repair clause. A minor repair clause is for the maintenance of the property due to wear and tear and not due to the tenant's negligence. These include the flooring, interior plaster and other surface materials, doors, windows, locks and furniture. The tenant shall pay up to $150 per item while the landlord bears the exceeding $150 per item as stated in the invoice.

This clause is to avoid minor inconveniences to the landlord whenever there are small issues.

It is the tenant's responsibility to service the air con every quarter and it is the norm.

Hope this answers your question.

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Geryl Lim
If you are uncomfortable with the agreement and its terms, you can opt to look for another unit where you can accept the terms and conditions.

Alternatively should you have engaged an agent to represent you in this room rental transaction, he or she should be able to advise you accordingly if the terms are favourable or neutral.

There is no standard clauses for all rentals unless you are renting direct from the authorities. All private rental agreements can differ accordingly.

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