2017 New Rental regulations: Casual rental is illegal

Singapore Just announced a new private home rental law: from now on, if your private house rental period is less than 6 months , then you are illegal, unless you have URA (Urban Renewal Authority) special certification!


The latest Act 2017 Singapore Condo New Rules

Limitation for rentals

A  private house with no relatives of each other must be less than or equal to 6 people (Prior to the law provides for eight individuals), if more than the number of rental housing will be regarded as illegal business dormitory . The owner will be fined up to  Singaporean $ 500,000 or imprisoned (the previous law provides for S $ 200,000).

After the two laws issued, you dare to rent it illegal?

Reasons for the introduction of the new law:

It is reported that the reason why the Parlimant to launch the two decrees, mainly because last year the public complaints of short-term rent increases, URA in 2016, received a total of 608 complaints, compared with 377 in 2015 more 61%!

In addition to private residential property, the latest Act also gives the URA more power to monitor the work of estate developers, and strive to make the new buildings more suitable for people to live in and out.

The URA is also considering a new category of homes to allow short-term rentals, but the shortest lease for all private homes is still required to be no less than six months prior to the current program.

Private rental for the relevant issues, we can refer to the following:

Q1.If I rent a house through Airbnb and other sites short-term illegal?

Since the house must be tenable for six months, it is not currently permitted by law, regardless of how popular these short-term rental media are. Under the Planning Act, the illegal rental of private property owners will face a maximum penalty of 40000 s$, or imprisonment up to 12 months, or both.

Q2. Do I need to check my tenant's identity and personal documents?

Whether or not a homeowner has a housing agent, he should obtain tenants and other household documents and information. These documents include passports, work permits, employment permits, etc., and the owner should keep a photocopy.

In order to avoid offenses of harboring illegal immigrants, it is best for the owner to personally verify the identity of the tenant and to ensure the authenticity of the information. Homeowners can check whether tenants are legally residing using the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website, and check the validity of the work permit and Dependent Pass (DV) of the tenants at the Ministry of Manpower website.

According to the Immigration Act, anyone who leases a home to overstayers or illegal immigrants may be liable to imprisonment for a term of up to two years or a fine of up to $ 6,000, or both.

Q3. Can my tenant sublet the house to another tenant?

No. As a matter of fact, the general tenancy will stipulate that the tenant can not sublet or sublet the house, and the house is for residential use only. The homeowner must be aware of who lives in the house and whether the tenant is legally using it.

Once the tenant sublet or sublet the house, the owner of the house control may be "out of control"  If the house become illegal use, or illegal rent, the owner should take legal responsibility.

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