Man jailed for signing tenancy for another party who used the unit for sex service

SINGAPORE (May 10): A man who signed tenancy agreements on behalf of others in exchange for cash was sentenced to four weeks in jail and a fine of S$400 (RM1,239) for one charge of cheating as the unit was later used by a sex worker providing sexual services inside the unit, reported CNA.

The 26-year old man, Lin Fengchun, saw an online advertisement in Oct 2019 offering quick cash for individuals willing to sign tenancy agreements on another person’s behalf. 

According to the CNA report, Lin responded to the ad, and a man identifying himself as "Da Ge" contacted Lin on WeChat, asking for his help to rent a few apartments in exchange for payment. Da Ge claimed he wasn’t able to rent these units as he held only a work permit. 

Lin signed a tenancy agreement to rent a condo unit in the eastern part of Singapore for 12 months from Nov 5, 2019, for a monthly rental of S$2,000. After he signed the agreement, Da Ge transferred S$413 to him via WeChat as payment.

The unit was eventually used by a China national sex worker for vice, and she was nabbed during a police raid on April 14, 2020.

Lin was found guilty for cheating the owner of the unit into believing that he was renting it and that he would observe all covenants contained in the tenancy agreement, including only using the unit as a private dwelling house and not for any immoral or illegal purpose.

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