From 1st of November 2019, Singapore Small Claim Tribunal has increased its limit with the following.
Increased Claim Limit
The previous limit has been increased from $10,000 to $20,000. Should both parties consent, they can go up to $30,000.
Increased Limitation Period
Claims can now be filed within 2 years after date of cause of action accrued (on or after 1st November 2018). It was 1 year before this change is effected.
Powers to Direct Parties to Attend Mediation
The Registrar of SCT may direct parties to attend a mandatory mediation.
SCT may order a tenant who has not paid rent to vacate the property. It is also empowered to order a party to pay other party’s costs of proceedings, including in a situation of an abuse of process.
What it means for real estate?
There will be more cases of disputes claims in SCT as the increase in monetary and time limits will enable more hearings. This is good news as it protects more consumers with its limit increased.
You can read more about Landlord Tenant rights here.
How do I file Small Claims?
All claims are electronically filed since July 2017. You can refer to Small Claims Tribunal site here with its guide.