What are some of the expenses you need to prepare for when renting a property in Singapore?

Let’s assume you are going to rent a studio apartment for SGD$2,800 for a period of 24 months.

Prior to renting:

  • Deposit: 2 month’s rent for 2 years lease – SGD$5,600 (Deposit amount is 1 month’s rent for 1 year lease)
  • Agent fees: If you have engaged an agent to represent you, you may need to pay commission of 1 month’s rent for a 2 year lease or 0.5 month’s rent for a 1 year lease: $2,800 + GST 1 month’s rent in advance: $2,800
  • Stamp duty: 0.4% of your total rent (0.4% x ($2800 x 24 months)= $268.80)

Moving in:

  • Security deposit for moving in: Condos typically collect a $1000 cheque as security deposit when your movers are coming in. They usually do not bank in the cheque. 
  • Movers: Charging by number of trucks and trips, it’s between $300 – $600 for a typical 1 bedroom shift
  • Deposits for utilities: You would need to set aside security deposit for your utilities and internet subscriptions 

During stay:

  • Minor repair clause: Most tenancy agreements include a minor repair clause of between $150 to $300, so if you run into any defects such as a loose hinge, the first $150-$300 of any such repair is on you. Expect to make at least 3 – 4 such repairs during the course of your stay 
  • Aircon servicing: I’d advise engaging the servicing company recommended by the landlord, as the landlord will trust them and will not second-guess any recommendations they make, such as the need to perform chemical cleaning. This costs between $30 – $40 per unit per trip. For a studio with 2 A/C units, this will work out to $60-$80 per servicing 
  • Utilities and internet: This will work out to be around $100 for a studio to $1000+ for a landed housing. A standard fibre connection plan works out to around $60/month.
  • After stay: At the end of your stay, you will need to reinstate the property to the same state as when you took over. Some of the common expenses are: 
  • Professional cleaning: $300 – $500
  • Curtains cleaning: $100 – $300
  • Minor repairs: $200 – $500

We recommend running through defects with landlord’s representative 1 – 2 weeks before the endof the lease so you have some time to rectify any defects on your own terms.

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