Updated: 01/17/2014 01:55

New non-citizen quota on subletting of HDB flats

New non-citizen quota on subletting of HDB flats

A new quota on the subletting of entire HDB flats to non-citizen subtenants was introduced today. 

The Housing & Development Board says the quota is set at eight per cent at the neighbourhood level, and 11 per cent at the block level. 

This is to prevent foreigner enclaves in the HDB heartlands. 

The quota will apply to subtenants who are Singapore Permanent Residents and foreigners. 

HDB says it will however not apply to Malaysians who can better integrate due to their cultural and historical similarities with Singaporeans. 

The quota will also not apply to the subletting of rooms. 

This aims to maintain the Singapore character of our HDB heartlands while balancing the housing and subletting needs of citizens and foreigners in Singapore. 

The new policy will apply to all flat subletting applications received by HDB with immediate effect. 

Flat owners who are currently subletting their whole flat with HDB's approval may continue to do so for the remaining approved duration. 

Once the existing approval expires or is terminated, any subsequent flat subletting application will be subject to the new policy. 

Currently, less than four per cent of HDB flats are sublet to foreigners, excluding Malaysians. 

However, the proportion could go up to nine per cent in some areas, or even 18 per cent in some blocks. 

A new e-Service is available on the HDB InfoWEB for the public to check if a flat can be sublet to non-citizens. 

The information will be updated on a monthly basis on the first day of the month, and is valid for the whole calendar month. 

HDB says unauthorised subletting of the HDB flat is a serious infringement of the lease. 

It says it will take firm action against errant flat owners, which can include a fine and compulsory acquisition of the flat.

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