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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.

A landlord must carry out the three due diligence checks, required under the law before renting out their premise.

If they fail to do so, they would be liable to be prosecuted in court and sentenced to imprisonment for a term not less than 6 months and not more than 2 years and a fine not exceeding $6,000.

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