HDB to review eligibility criteria for public rental scheme

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) is reviewing the eligibility criteria for the Public Rental Scheme.

National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said this is to ensure that the heavily subsidised rental flats are targeted at those who are genuinely poor and without other housing options.

More details on the review will be announced when ready.

Mr Mah disclosed this in a written answer to a question by Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC Baey Yam Keng.

Mr Baey had asked for an update on the demand for the scheme and the measures to address increasing demand for rental flats.

Prior to 2003, there were 2,300 eligible applicants a year. This went up to 4,700 in 2007.

According to Mr Mah, the increase was mainly due to the raising of the income ceiling for applicants from $800 to $1,500 in 2003. – CNA /ls

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 15 Feb 2008