I read with interest Mr Mikael Poulsen's online letter "Tenants in S'pore have no legal rights?" (June 3). I am sorry to hear that he has to deal with health issues in the condominium unit he is renting.
But there are also situations in which the tenant violates the rights of the landlord. I know of a friend whose foreign tenant refused to pay rent for the past eight months and continues to stay illegally in the apartment.
Despite going to lawyers, my friend has not managed to evict the tenant, who is breaking the law and refuses to move out unless there is a court order.
I feel sorry for Singaporeans because they do not usually start unnecessary disputes. The vast majority respect the law.
How are they supposed to deal with foreign tenants who blatantly disrespect Singapore law, abuse the rights of landlords and put them in financial distress by not paying rent?
I agree with Mr Poulsen that as a developed city, it is time to find a way to resolve these disputes. Otherwise, our courts will be full of such cases.
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