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askguru expert
Hi there, thanks for writing to us on AskGuru.

While private residential properties must be rented out for at least three consecutive months, the usual market practice is for a 1-year or 2-year lease. As such, not many tenants will be agreeable to a 3 months lease.

If the agent is representing the landlord, he cannot also collect a commission from you as dual representation is not allowed.

As such, you are advised to look for your own agent. Typically, agents will collect a half month's commission for a 1 year lease. It is up to you to negotiate there commission with your agent.

All types of private residential property are subjected to an occupancy cap of six unrelated persons per property.

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, 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.

Hope this answers your question.

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Team PropertyGuru
Geryl Lim
Hi Mrs A,

Negotiation is part and parcel of a transaction. As you are looking at 3 months rental, this itself presents a challenge as most landlords are not open to consider such tenure, therefore position to kickstart the negotiation is definitely poor. If you feel that you are unable to match his demands, you make your offer that you are most comfortable with and should this be rejected, you can walk away from the deal and look for another option.

I have been in the real estate business since 2009, with more than 10years of experience serving the Singapore real estate market.

I am very active in the residential segment of Singapore real estate market, having transacted hundreds of deals from HDBs to private condominiums and landed properties in Singapore, and have handled many unique cases in sales and purchases as well as rental deals.

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