Here in Singapore almost everything need to be supported by documents, as in things should be written in black and white as proof. This is how it is with everything that sometimes I feel like they are going to ask for a written agreement that they have allowed you to fart, yes it is to that degree.
The last two weeks has been like a nightmare to say the least. We went through the worst emotions and strong fear for our physical safety. We fell on a man’s trap of him renting out his room but the room lacks privacy from him and the toilet is not flushing and the lavatory is choked up. He knows no one can stay in his place and he designed it to be like that. The modus is he wants us to pay him the advance rental and deposit and it gets forfeited if we move out early. We had no choice but to leave. Bee and I agreed that money can be earned again but whatever danger that could have happened to us if we stayed there especially to me can’t be undone once done. So the hundreds of dollars we paid to that man was never returned to us and we now we know that this is something he has been doing for a long time to have quick money by fooling people.
The second place we rented out was even worst. We had an agreement of minimum stay and how much it will be but he didn’t honor it and asked us to leave after only 11 days when the minimum stay should be one month. Don’t get me wrong, the moment we made our first step in their flat we already wanted to get out but we just didn’t have any choice so we stayed, we could have chosen to go somewhere else if it’s easy to bring all our stuff from one place to another but it is a pain in arse. All the packing and carrying of so many heavy stuff is so hard and it’s harder when the block is an old one and have a lift/elevator that only caters to 3 floors. So if we stay on the 4th floor we have to alight in the 6th floor and walk on the opposite side and go down two floors.
He has so many unreasonable rules. He enters our room when we are not there using his spare key, and that is illegal to do so. He didn’t honor the agreement. Now we are going to report him to HDB so they can blacklist him that will prevent him to rent out to other people and this will save so many people from this guy’s schemes.
Last night when we have packed all our stuff and was just waiting for him to give back our deposit and rental balance, he became very aggressive and rude and grabbed the agreement/contract and receipt in Bee’s hands that gave Bee some scratches. Because of the assault we just wanted to get the hell out of there, that was the main goal in our mind and just stay away from this uncivilized man. Then around 1:30 a.m he kept on calling us, about the house keys. We told him we are going to give it back to him in the morning but he started to blackmail us. He said he will tell the police that we stole things in his house. Hello! What’s there to take? And they are always in the house, especially him as HE DOESN’T WORK AT ALL! He wants Bee to meet him in the MRT stationto pass the key to him and we disagreed. He is a very violent man and we don’t know what he is capable of doing. We know that if we meet him there, that is his chance of blackmailing us even more, or he may have friends who can do harm to us. So we told him that if he wants to meet, we should meet in the police station, which he doesn’t like. Of course, if you have things to hide you wouldn’t agree to go there. So we told him ok go ahead and make a report and we will meet you there. So we did. We went to the police station and the angry wolf became a scared puppy in front of the police. We told the police about what he has done the night before and about the blackmailing. It really did happen but we have no proof. WE should have recorded it and used it to put his fat arse in jail. The police only let him off with a warning and in the end he apparently wanted to apologize to us. BS. He only wanted to do that to put an act in front of the police. So we left with the intention of reporting him to HDB first thing on Monday.
Please guys in Singapore, be careful with the landlords of the flats you are going to rent out. When we met him we wanted out but we just didn’t have any choice. His address is Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 Blk 633, 04-5133. We are concerned about what he can do after all these things that we asked the police for protection but they can’t give that to any specific person. Some people there mentioned about some cheap life insurance quotes but we had to hurry and leave the area before he comes after us.
And the other one is Blk 10 Kg Kayu a Bob Marley look alike who’s claiming to have a tenant couple we never saw. His unit number I can’t seem to remember (I guess this is my mind’s way of protecting itself from the trauma) but once you view the room and you see that it has a lot of “antique stuff” and looks like a cramped up museum, run away as fast as you can.
Unbelievable our luck right? To have met a number of scheming idiots in a short span of time and two years ago we also met a guy who made subletting a flat his business so he doesn’t have to work but I know we can move pass this. We have to.