Some accommodation providers breaching minimum tenancy rule with early exit clause

Some home rental agencies are offering tenants short-term stays by inserting an early termination clause into their contracts, thereby bypassing the three-month minimum tenancy rule.

Channel NewsAsia discovered this when it tried to rent units from two different accommodation providers.

Responding to this reporter’s request for a three-week stay, a staff member of the first company said it was “not a problem”, as long as the termination form is signed when the tenant ends his or her stay.

The company even provided an early termination notice form.

The company’s agent also stated in an email that “as per Singapore rules and regulations, the minimum lease duration in residential developments in Singapore is three months but it could be terminated earlier with no penalty if a notice of termination is sent 30 days before the departure date”.

Another agency Channel NewsAsia approached also obliged its request for a short-term stay.

Lawyer Amolat Singh noted that these companies are skirting the regulations by inserting an exit clause. “So I could enter into such an agreement and say: ‘Sorry, after one week I want to quit,’ and that will be acceptable to them,” he said.

On Dec 5, 2017, two men were charged for providing short-term stays to tenants via Airbnb.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority said that companies providing accommodation services are subject to enforcement actions if they are found to have breached the regulations.

It added that owners are primarily responsible in the event of such breaches, while tenants may also be subject to investigation.

URA said about 600 properties were investigated from January to September last year.

Source – ChanelNewsAsia 6 Jan 2018


2018 Licensing and registration exercise for property agencies and agents

The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) has issued a media release today on the 2018 licensing and registration exercise for property agencies and agents.

As at 1 January 2018, there were 1,269 licensed property agencies and 28,571 registered property agents.

The number of licensed property agencies and registered property agents as at 1 January over the last three years is shown below:

As at

1 Jan 2016

As at

1 Jan 2017

As at
1 Jan 2018
Number of property agents 29,262 28,397 28,571
Number of property agencies 1,369 1,286 1,269

The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) issued 66 new property agency licences and 1,344 new property agent registrations throughout 2017. A total of 44 property agency licences and 2,028 property agent registrations lapsed after 31 December 2017.

Size of property agencies by number of agents as at 1 Jan 2018

Size of property agency

Number of property agencies

>500 agents


51-500 agents


31-50 agents


11-30 agents


1-10 agents



10 largest property agencies by size, as at 1 Jan 2018

Property agency

Number of property agents

PropNex Realty Pte Ltd


ERA Realty Network Pte Ltd


OrangeTee & Tie Pte Ltd


Huttons Asia Pte Ltd


KF Property Network Pte Ltd


SLP Scotia Pte Ltd


Savills Residential Pte Ltd


Global Alliance Property Pte Ltd


HSR International Realtors Pte Ltd


C & H Properties Pte Ltd


Source : CEA