Expat tenants gripe online about rental deposit woes, saying landlords hold their money ransom, make unreasonable cleaning, repair demands

Madam Felicia Hu (above right), a Singaporean with an expat husband, showing a WhatsApp discussion with her agent on repair costs.
Madam Felicia Hu (above), a Singaporean with an expat husband, showing a WhatsApp discussion with her agent on repair costs.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Madam Felicia Hu (above right), a Singaporean with an expat husband, showing a WhatsApp discussion with her agent on repair costs.
Madam Felicia Hu, a Singaporean with an expat husband, showing a WhatsApp discussion (above) with her agent on repair costs.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

They say landlords hold their money ransom, make unreasonable cleaning, repair demands

Polish the marble floor, buff the wooden staircase and sand the kitchen tops before returning the keys, the landlord demanded.

Oh, and if you decline or seek any legal recourse, you risk losing your security deposit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 04, 2019, with the headline 'Expat tenants gripe online about rental deposit woes'. Print Edition | Subscribe