Condo tenant paid rent to a fraud

Condo tenant paid rent to a fraud

SINGAPORE - His firm had moved him to Singapore and agreed to put him up in a high-end condominium.

All New Zealander Rajiv Kaushik had to do was sit back while his company covered the rental payments.

The trouble was, it was paying the wrong person. The property firm employee collecting the money was a fraud who had secretly placed a tenant in the apartment behind the owner's back.

In fact, Dr Kaushik was technically trespassing in the condominium unit - even though he did not know it.

When the owner found out what was going on, it went to court to recover the money it claimed it had lost in rent.

And because, strictly speaking, Dr Kaushik was a trespasser, it lodged its claim against him.

Now, the High Court has ruled that he is not liable to pay the damages.

Justice Chan Seng Onn said that Dr Kaushik was not dishonest and had been unaware of the fraud.

He added that the fact he was paying rent through his employer meant he had not profited from the trespassing.

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