The Luxt Art Museum is centrally located in the heart of Singapore.
The building comprises of a leased venue space for private events one floor above street level and two bedroom residential units for lease above and is owned and managed by Hong Kong investment arm, JBE Holdings, with Mr Patrick Lam, of #thelam.sg as landlord.
This review refers to the rental of the residential apartments above The Luxe Art Museum.
The apartments here are spacious with some good features.
I was a tenant for four years and somewhat appaled with the true attitude of the landlord emerging when it was time to refund the security deposit.
The difficulty a tenant might face in reclaiming their deposit held by #jbeholdings has to be legendary.
Many unnecessary and unjust deductions are excuses just to retain your deposit.
Some examples I have experienced are referred to in the pictures enclosed :
The apartment's many three gang switches, which are installed thruout the apartment on all main walls, have red integrated led lights.
These lights illuminate when power is switched on primarily to indicate electrical usage.
The building is more then 10 years old so I am not surprised the red indicator lights have fused. However, it was NOT stated in the tenancy agreement, tenants would need to replace any fused intergrated red lights at the end of the tenancy.
The only clause pertaining to bulb replacement specified the exiting tenant would only have to replace any fused ceiling bulbs. Nothing was stated about replacing the red indicator switch bulbs.
#jbeholdings confirm, such three gang switch panels are obsolete in Singapore and a complete replacement of the entire switch panel is necessary as opposed to simply replacing the red bulb.
These integrated light switches can be repurchased in a third world country and #jbeholdings intends to make the costly deduction at my expense disregarding the main purpose of supplying electricity to the existing three gang switches was still functional.
Another example of unreasonable daylight robbery :
A plastic cutlery tray with a small pinhole, I suspect to be a product defect, the landlord is charging for a costly replacement. Can you spot the tiny pinhole?
As I failed to inform management of the small pinhole defect when the said apartment was first handed over to me, the cost of a replacement will be deducted.
This amongst other unreasonable or justified deductions - and I could write a list, have left me with a bad impression.
Any balance, if any is left after the ridiculous deductions, would be refunded to me, only after Singapore exits the circuit breaker period.
Due to the current covid pandemic, aparently no one comes into the office to sign checks.
What a perfect excuse for a tenant whom has left Singapore.
This ungrateful landlord, will scrutinise every square inch of the apartment upon a tenant's return handover.
He is not appreciative of the effort taken to repaint (it was a kind gesture on my part after a four year tenancy paying prime rental) and a thorough clean of the unit before handover.
All that scrutiny down to a pin hole in a cutlery tray served a purpose.
A kitchen liner missing? Probably wasn't there originally, chargeable as well.
Uncannily enough, the landlord ignores general maintenance to replace the old pool side timber decking in dire need of replacement and makes no effort to replace the loose tiles of the building's infinity pool which has cut my foot.
And let's not forget the one and only poorly maintained unisex poolside toilet.
While The Luxe Art Museum's event space does have a fair turnover, keep in mind, weather you lease the venue space or take a apartment here, your lease is with the same coniving landlord.
Before signing on that dotted line,
have ALL verbal promisories and whatsapp's with the landlord documented and expect the refund to your tenancy deposit to be deductable wherever possible.