Today we discuss the 4 commonly held myths of renting in Malaysia. #1 on our list is surprising.
- Myth 1: Landlords have the right to forcibly evict tenants if they do not pay rent.
Contrary to popular belief, the Malaysian legal system is pro-tenant. Landlords are actually prohibited from evicting the tenant or to recover procession of the premises without a court order. Should a landlord choose to regain possession of a premise, it can only be done through a court order or in the presence of a police officer.
- Myth 2: Landlords can evict tenants immediately if they want to.
By law, landlords are supposed to provide a notice of termination to tenants should they want to reclaim the property. Though there is no stipulated period of eviction, the commonly used timeframe is about one month.
- Myth 3: It is okay to rent out the rooms in my rented property without the permission of my landlord.
Typically, unless stated in the tenancy agreement, renters are prohibited from subletting to other individuals unless they were given explicit permission by their landlords. Should a friend or a significant other want to move in, it is best for you to check with your landlord first before doing so.
- Myth 4: Landlords can raise rents whenever they like without the consent of the tenant.
This is another myth as well. According to the Malaysian Bar, rents should be mutually agreed upon. Tenants should first be given the option to renew the tenancy three months before the expiry and a common rent rate should be negotiated upon before the execution of the new rent rate.
Having clear these myth, you can now rent in peace via Saywa- the trustworthy property rental mobile app #propertyagent #mobileapp #saywa