Essential Techniques for Drafting & Vetting Tenancy Agreements

Marketing Institute of Singapore - Executive Development

Course introduction

The law of landlord and tenancy is always changing and evolving. Despite having a tenancy agreements, there are always disputes arising between the parties. During this one day course, participants will be taught the various skills on how tenancy agreement will be secured, inlcuding techniques on how to draft and vet a tenancy agreement. The course will consist of practical discussion, case studies and negotiations exercises to better illustrate to participants on how tenancy disputes can be reduced or settled.

Course Benefits

At the end of the course, participants will be able to understand:

  • How tenancy agreements should be examined and studied
  • How to draft and vet tenancy agreements
  • How to resolve any disputes between the Landlord and Tenant

Course Outline

The different types of Leases & Tenancy Agreements

  • The key issues in Leases & Tenancy Agreements
  • Understanding the regulatory requirements, lease of commercial properties, lease of residential properties to foreigners
  • Understanding the different types of Leases & Tenancy Agreements
  • Identifying the Landlord’s and Tenant’s Obligations and Right
  • Looking at the different conditions and covenants
  • Looking at the rights and duties of Landlord
  • Looking at the rights and duties of Tenant
  • Key Issues Arising from Leases & Tenancy Agreements
Common problems in Leases & Tenancy Agreements from the Landlord’s perspective:
  • Non-paymen of rent
  • Premature termination of the Lease
  • Breach of Tenant’s covenants
  • Holding over, etc
  • Common problems in Leases & Tenancy Agreements from the Tenant’s perspective:
  • Unwarranted Deduction from security deposit
  • Landlord’s failure to Rectify or repair defects
  • delay in signing new Lease
  • Failure to provide peace and quiet enjoyment by the Landlord, etc.
  • Handling and Resolving Termination of Leases and Tenancy Agreements

Termination of Leases & Tenancy Agreements by:
  • Effluxion of time
  • Notice to quit by either party
  • Surrender of The term by the Tenant
  • Merger of reversionary interest with the Lease & Tenancy Agreement
  • Frustration
  • Repudiation
  • Acceptance
  • Recovering possession of the leased premises
  • Recovering arrears of rentals
  • Waiver of Tenant’s breaches by the Landlord
  • Relief against forfeiture
  • Managing Risk of Disputes
Managing problems between Landlord and Tenant
  • Minimize the occurrence of breaches and avoid litigation
  • Discussing the problems, negotiate and aim for an amenable solution
  • Review terms and conditions of the Lease & Tenancy Agreement
  • Last resort of going commencing litigation the key issues and pitfalls

Available Course Sessions

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Trainer Profile

David Shanmugam

David Shanmugam holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of London and Master of Business Administration degree from Victoria University. He has many years of legal experience in the private sector and he is presently working in a law firm, and Mr. David Shanmugam is also an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
Over the years, he has conducted legal training for the corporate sector on the various practical legal issues facing the corporate field and has lectured for many training institutions, on Business and Company Law. His forte is in the field of corporate and commercial drafting of contracts, including company matters. Mr. David Shanmugam has conducted legal training programmes for Singapore Association Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, National University of Singapore Continuing Education