With Singapore's image as the home of a group of crazy Asians, the almost too ridiculous story of a man who has rented a swimming pool for S $ 10,000 ($ 7,040) a month doesn't help anyone.
Given the prospect of not being able to swim in his condominium pool, which is closed due to Singapore's strict blocking measures, the British expat threw himself around his neighbors' properties.
First, he wanted to rent the entire $ 30 million bungalow in Sentosa Cove, an upscale residential area on an island off the south coast of Singapore. According to Lester Chen, a real estate agent at Singapore Realtors Inc., the monthly rent of S $ 30,000 was too high considering that it would have been in addition to the not insignificant amount he paid for a nearby apartment.
"I asked the man why he wanted to rent the bungalow. Is it due to space constraints in his current home?" said Chen, who processed the lease and refused to disclose his customer's personal information. "The man replied that he only wanted to use the pool because it was closed due to the closure."
With Singapore entering the fourth week of a partial ban, which has now been extended until June 1 to reduce the increase in coronavirus cases, people are prohibited from hanging around outdoors. Public facilities such as sports halls and gyms are closed. Condominiums are also closed to prevent social mixing. Individuals may face fines, prison terms, or suspension of their work permits for non-compliance.
Since his customer only wanted to use the pool in the Bali-themed house, Chen made a proposal.
"I spoke to the owner and we agreed to rent the pool and garden on two terms. First, it will only be a short-term rental of three months. And if someone else wants to rent the bungalow in its entirety, we can cancel the agreement, "he said.
The two parties signed a contract on Sunday. While the house itself is locked to prevent access, the man and his family have access through a side gate. The bungalow is a 10-minute drive from his apartment or a short golf buggy ride.
Chen said there have been similar requests with individuals wanting to rent bungalows in Sentosa Cove just for their private pools and gardens. But this option is not available to people on the mainland, he said.
"I rented offices, factories, apartments, and bungalows. But never just the amenities in a house. It was a first," he said.
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