How Do You Become a Tenant?
HOW DO YOU BECOME A TENANT?
When you buy a home it can some times take up to 90 days before title is registered in your name. In this situation you do not have to wait until registration before you move into your new home – if the seller agrees you can move in, or take occupation, before registration, and pay occupational rent to the seller. The occupational rent is set out in the Deed of Sale between you and the seller. See Also: DPSA Circular <<Apply Now
All other forms of rent
If you would like to rent a home you can either look in the property sections of the newspapers or view houses that are on show. You will usually have to talk to an estate agent who is helping the owner to rent the home, and who is acting on behalf of the owner. Sometimes you can talk directly to the owner, especially if you would like to rent from family or friends, and usually you will be able to make your own arrangements with family and friends, independent of an agent. As a public servant you might also be required to rent State Housing; or you might be offered Other Housing that you can rent from the Employer.
The rent that you pay to these landlords is written into the lease agreement that you sign with them. In the case of family and friends, where there is usually no lease agreement, you can use a shortened lease agreement that will be provided with the Housing Allowance application form. Most landlords usually issue an occupancy certificate when they hand over the keys to their tenants on the day of occupation. The tenant will be responsible for the cost of electricity and water consumed in their home.
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