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1. Physical viewing of a property will take up a significant amount of your time. As much as possible, CEA has advised to stick to virtual viewing. Also, the landlord may need time to refurbish the property or arrange for the moving out of the current tenant. As such, a suitable timeline will be around 2 months to be on the safe side.

2. When choosing the right agent, choose one who knows HDB law and regulations. Illegal subletting is not allowed and may land you and the landlord in trouble. Also, the agent should be familiar with e-stamping, doing up a proper Tenancy Agreement, registering your particulars with HDB and so on.

Do note there are strict HDB rules and regulations that you must adhere to when renting a flat. You must register your particulars with HDB. The minimum rental period for each tenant must be 6 months per application.

Persons who wish to rent HDB flats must be any of the following:
- Singapore Citizens
- Singapore Permanent Residents
- Non-citizens legally residing in Singapore who are holders of Employment Passes, S Passes, Work Permits, Student Passes, Dependant Passes, or Long-Term Social Visit Passes. These passes must have a validity period of at least 6 months as at the date of your application
- Work Permit holders from the construction, manufacturing, marine, and process sectors must be Malaysians
- Tourists are not allowed as tenants of HDB flats

A landlord is required to check original NRIC or FINS of the tenants and occupiers for forgery and make copies. check photographs on NRICs or FINS against the actual persons to confirm identity and verify the validity of the passes with MOM database and/or ICA database. As an added due diligence, you may also ask for letter of employment from employer. This is to deter illegal immigrants or vice activities. This is required by the Council of Estate Agencies for compliance with the Immigration and Women's Charter.

We wish you all the best in your house hunting journey.

Hope this answers your question.

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Benjamin Cheong

1. You can actually start now! And you really should because the rental market is high in demand today.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I'll be delighted to help you.

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Mark Ng S W
Hi Do contact me at 97970200 to discuss more

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Gavin Ng

The timing will depend on your decision making process. I have a client who decided within a day and with the close support of the co-broke agent, we sign the tenancy agreement on the same day. You will need to be contact and discuss with the agent.

One consideration is to ensure that you are working with a license agent. You will also need to ensure he has the sufficient experienced in doing rental. Your comfort level ie personal chemistry with the person you are working with.
Do note that your will have to pay a professional fee for the service.

You may text 9620 0827 for a casual chat.

Warmest regard



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