Investigation and enforcement powers of inspectors – Singapore property for rent
48.—(1) In addition to the powers conferred on him by this Act, an inspector who has reasonable grounds for believing that an offence under this Act has been committed may
(a) at reasonable hours, enter any premises or part thereof (whether or not in the possession or control of a licensed estate agent) when he has reasonable cause to believe that evidence of the commission of an offence under this Act can be found therein, and search for and seize and remove any book, document, material or article or any machine or
equipment containing any book, document, material or article, or make copies thereof as he may consider necessary; Singapore property for rent.
(b) require any person whom he reasonably believes to have committed the offence to furnish evidence of the person’s identity;
(c) require, by order in writing, the attendance before him of any person within the limits of Singapore who, from any information given to or otherwise obtained by the inspector,appears to be acquainted with the facts or circumstances of the case;
(d) examine orally any person reasonably believed to be acquainted with the facts or circumstances of the case or with such other matter as the inspector may specify, and
reduce into writing the answer given or statement made by that person;
(e) require any person to furnish any information or produce any book, document or copy thereof in the possession of that person, and inspect, copy, make extracts from or seize
and remove such book or document; and
(f) take such photographs or video recording, as the inspector thinks necessary, of the premises and persons reasonably believed to be acquainted with the facts or circumstances of the case or with such other matter as the inspector may specify.
(2) The person referred to in subsection (1)(d) shall be bound to state truly the facts or circumstances with which he is acquainted. Singapore property for rent.
(3) A statement made by the person referred to in subsection (1)(d) shall be read over to him and shall, after correction, if necessary, be signed by him. Singapore property for rent.
(4) All statements, answers, information and documents procured in the course of investigation shall be admissible in evidence in any proceedings under this Act against the person making or producing the same. Singapore property for rent.
Source: Estate Agents Act (EAA)
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