Family flees Bukit Panjang condo leaving landlord with unpaid fees and damages worth thousands

Family flees Bukit Panjang condo leaving landlord with unpaid fees and damages worth thousands

A Malaysian-Chinese tenant and her family moved out of a condominium unit in Bukit Panjang without paying her landlord and left behind damages worth thousands of dollars.

Stomp contributor Robert, the owner of the condominium unit, told Stomp that the tenant was staying at the apartment with her Singaporean-Chinese husband and daughter.

The family first moved into the unit on 1 March 2015 and moved out without the Stomp contributor's knowledge on 12 February 2016. According to Robert, the tenant did not pay the rent for February which amounted to $3,150.

Before moving out, the tenant had signed a lease extension without paying a deposit of that also amounted to $3,150.

Other than the $6,300 owed to him by the tenant, Robert also said he had to fork out thousands of dollars to repair damage left behind by the family.

Said the Stomp contributor via an email: "We spent $1,460 re-painting the walls after marks were left on them.

"The tenant also did not return the key of the main door, which costs around $80 and four condominium passes which cost $200.

"The manuals of the TV and washing machine were gone.

"Since they signed an extension with us, we cannot rent the unit out to other people on time. We have lost at least one month's rent.

"The tenant and her family were the first tenants after we got the unit from the developer.

"All the furniture and items such as TV and washing machine were new.

"Some of the walls have also been damaged.

"We would like to remind owners who rent out their units to pay attention to this kind of families and don't become a victim."

Robert has reported the matter to the police as well as the Small Claims Tribunal.


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