Once you have decided to rent the property, you will usually sign a
legal document known as a tenancy (rental) agreement. Ensure that
the tenancy agreement is signed directly between yourself (the Tenant)
and the Landlord/Owner.
To verify the property's ownership, you can
request the Landlord/Owner to produce a conservancy bill (for HDB/public
or governmental housing owners) or a property tax statement (for
private property owners). Double check that the person you are
dealing with is the rightful Landlord/Owner.
The tenancy agreement will set out the obligations between
both parties for a fixed term agreed upon. This includes requiring the Landlord/Owner to make sure all utilities are
properly installed and in working condition, whilst you (the tenant)
will be responsible for ensuring that the property is maintained in
Ensure that the inventory list (items within the
property that would be entitled for the Tenant's use) within the
tenancy agreement is satisfactorily met and inspected (you may like
to take pictures for evidence) before signing the agreement. Clarify
with your Landlord whether use of common household facilities like
the kitchen, TV, etc. is allowed.
Only those over 21 years of age can sign the
tenancy agreement. For those under 21 years of age, a guardian or
guarantor/sponsor would need to sign the tenancy agreement together
with the occupier.
Keep a copy of the tenancy agreement for your
own records. Obtain receipts for all monies paid, for example
security deposit, monthly rentals, etc.