Singapore has started to ban all short-term visitors (less than 90 days) into the country as of today 11:59pm. The tightening of our borders is an additional measure to containing the covid-19 outbreak.
Now, what about AirBnb?
AirBnb will no doubt be severely affected, bringing down the number of illegal short-term rentals, swiftly and effectively. Previously many cases went undetected until neighbors collectively complained to the Managing Agent or the URA. Even then, some landlords hastily draft a 3-6 month rental agreement in a bid to pull the wool over the sheep’s eyes. This is a serious offence, on top of the illegal rental.
Hopefully everyone learns to accept the realities of a world post covid-19. Socio-economics, healthcare, business and even residences are being transformed. Read “Covid-19: 1 confirmed case visited Farrer Park condo, all common facilities barricaded”
Condos with long term lease can reduce the flow of strangers into residential estates, thereby reducing risks like virus infections, as well as facilitating better contact tracing. As for hotels, they will need to cope with more frequent and thorough disinfection protocols; which only a well-organised entity can keep up to.
Previously we have dealt with an uncooperative owner who persistently rents his unit out for 1-2 weeks. Aside from reporting his wrong-doing to the Council and MA, we also spoke to him on multiple occasions about the consequences and costs. E.g. Should his guests commit a crime or damage common areas, will Owner be liable?
To the first, the judge will decide. As for the damages, Owner will have to pay in full since Insurance will not cover due to illegal tenant.
It took him some time to realize the risks outweigh the rewards. Eventually, the unit was sold as the “AirBnb operation” was deemed not feasible.