Rental cheat gets 16 months’ jail

A man was sentenced to 16 months’ jail in a district court on Monday for cheating four China nationals of S$10,700 in rental fees.

Ivan Tey, who is 35, owns a four-room flat in Jurong West.

Although he had rented the flat to other tenants, he approached different housing agents in October and November last year to look for prospective tenants to rent the flat to.

He found four different tenants and collected rental deposits from them.

The tenants later realised Tey had signed tenancy agreements with other tenants and found other tenants living in the flat.

They then separately made police reports.

Tey’s lawyer, Mr Joseph Chen, told the court that Tey committed the offences as he was in financial difficulty and had to support two young children.

He said Tey’s father is receiving treatment for cancer and urged the court to impose a shorter jail sentence.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 24 May 2010

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