Landlord’s implied covenants – Singapore property for rent/ sale
Singapore property for rent/ sale – In the absence of expressed covenants, the implied covenants of a landlord are as follows:
- To provide quiet enjoyment of the premises to the tenant without disturbances from the landlord.
- Not to derogate from the grant i.e. the landlord must not do any act which may render the premises “substantially less fit for the purposes for which they were let”. For example, a tenant rents a room from a landlord who is frequently holding noisy parties late at night making the tenant unable to have any restful sleep.
- May enter the premises, after giving 2 days notice, to inspect the premises for repairs.
- May enter the premises to comply with any notices served by any public authority or any statutory requirement such as checking for illegal immigrants.
- May re-enter and terminate the lease when the rent is in arrears for 30 days or more or when there is a breach of any covenant lasting 30 days after notice has been given.
- To be responsible for all external and structural repairs of the premises.
- Where a landlord has covenanted to repair and, having been notified by the tenant of the need for certain repairs, fails to carry them out, the tenant is entitled to arrange to have the repair work done and deduct to cost from future payments of rent.
- To ensure that the residential property is fit for habitation at the start of the lease term, when it is lease as furnished.
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