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Property agent charged with renting out homes for illegal short-term stays

A property agent has been charged with renting out multiple homes for illegal short-term stays. On May 7, the URA announced that Airbnb-style short-term accommodation will remain illegal in Singapore.

A property agent has been charged with renting out multiple homes for illegal short-term stays. On May 7, the URA announced that Airbnb-style short-term accommodation will remain illegal in Singapore.

A property agent has been brought to court for allegedly renting out residential properties for illegal short-term accommodation, reported TodayOnline.

Charged on 14 May, Joel Su Jiqing of Propnex Realty faces six counts of illegally renting out homes for less than three months – the minimum length of stay allowed.

Su allegedly rented out the residential properties – namely, two condo units at the #1 Loft, a single-storey terrace home, a condo unit at D’weave, a condo unit at Smart Suites and another condo unit at #1 Suites – between 12 October 2017 and 28 September 2018.

To acquire customers, the 38-year old Singaporean put up listings on home sharing platforms such as Airbnb.

Su attended the hearing for his case at the State Courts on Tuesday (25 June). However, no plea was taken and the case was adjourned to 30 August.

Su is the fifth person to be charged in court for violation of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s rules on short-term rentals.

If convicted, he could be fined up to $200,000 for each of the charges.

Two property agents were fined $60,000 each last April for providing short-term accommodations at multiple units at D’Leedon.

In August 2018, a 35-year old condominium owner was fined $13,000 for renting out his unit along Flora Road for short-term stays multiple times.

A 34-year old man was also fined $70,000 this January for renting out multiple properties at Mackenzie Road and Petain Road within the Little India area for short-term stays. He was the units’ tenant.

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Fiona Ho, Digital Content Manager at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact her about this or other stories, email fiona@propertyguru.com.sg