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Hi Morten Hansen, thanks for writing to us on AskGuru.

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A Tenancy Agreement is usually valid for 1 or 2-years. If you are renting for 1 year, you will have to pay a deposit equivalent to one month's rent. For a 2-year lease, the deposit payable it equivalent to two months' rent.

Usually, for an expatriate tenant there is a diplomatic clause.

A diplomatic clause in a tenancy agreement where the landlord gives special permission to an expatriate tenant to terminate the tenancy before expiry in the event the tenant has to leave Singapore due to work assignment or layoff by the employer. It does not apply when the tenant resigns on his/her own accord. If you break the lease via a diplomatic clause, then the landlord must return the 2-month deposit. Otherwise, the landlord is entitled to forfeit the deposit.

Utilities are not included in the rent, You will have to subscribed to the different services on your own.

All types of private residential property are subjected to an occupancy cap of six unrelated persons per property. Unrelated persons refer to anyone who is not part of the same family unit. Domestic helpers are considered part of the same family unit. The occupancy cap also applies to tenants who sublet the property.

Do note private residential properties must be rented out for at least three consecutive months.

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, they 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.

You will find our rental guide here useful: https://www.propertyguru.com.sg/property-guides/singapore-expat-renting-guide-36336

Hope this answers your question.

Best Regards,

Team PropertyGuru
YT Tan (陈永达)
Good morning Morten,

Welcome to Singapore soon.

If you wish to make an offer for an unit you are interested in, you need to put up your offer, requests and give a month's rental as good faith deposit (will become advance rental for the 1st month once your letter of intent (LOI) is accepted by landlord).

Some clauses you can take note of as a tenant:
- Usually there will be diplomatic clause for foreigner like you who signed minimum 2 years contract. Which means if you are required to relocate out of Singapore be it change of work location etc, you can activate it upon fulfilment of first 12 months stay, there wont be any penalty. So you have to ensure you have such clause. If not will be private settlement with landlord.

Pay security deposit according to the number of lease you rent upon signing of tenancy agreement (TA).

1 year lease - 1 month rental
2 years lease - 2 months rental
3 years lease - 3 months rental etc.

Stamp duty for lease is payable by tenant too.

You have to go through an inventory list during handover (move in date) to make sure everything is accounted for in the unit.

Utilities bill is usually NOT included in rental. You will have to bear in on monthly basis. If you wish to have cable tv services like singtel, starhub etc, they are on your own cost as well.

Hope my sharing helps in aiding in your enquiry. May I know how can I value add further in your property needs?

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