A British expat living in Singapore has hired a condominium owner’s swimming pool for nearly 6,000 GBP a month just so his kids can exercise during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The unusual deal was struck after the unnamed Brit’s complex pool was closed as part of Singapore’s lockdown measures, according to local media.
The expat initially considered renting a bungalow on Ocean Drive in the plush area of Sentosa Cove located near his home at Cape Royale for 30,000 SGD (17,090 GBP).
However, the price tag proved to be too high and estate agent Lester Chen asked him why he wanted to rent the property in the first place as he already had a home.
The British man then replied that his pool had been closed and he wanted somewhere else where his two children could exercise during the lockdown.
Chen suggested just renting a property’s garden and swimming pool instead.
The estate agent told local media: “I spoke to the owner and we agreed to lease out the pool and garden on two conditions. First, it will only be a short-term lease of three months. Second, if someone else wanted to rent the bungalow in its entirety, we can terminate the agreement.”
The Brit agreed to the price of 10,000 SGD (5,695 GBP) a month and the deal was reportedly sealed in two days.
According to Chen, he receives many enquiries from people looking to rent in Sentosa Cove, but this is the first time he has ever rented out a home’s amenities.
He added: “There is usually a wide gap price gap between what the landlords and tenants are asking for.”
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