Rental Flats

Rental flats supply set to increase

Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said there is a shortage of rental flats in Singapore, and there is a need to ramp up supply by "ten of thousands". However, Mr Khaw said it will take some time to make up this shortfall, as the construction industry is unable to cope with the sudden surge in demand. Mr Khaw spoke about the need to ramp up the supply of rental flats, during a youth forum at...

Bring back rental flats in big way

May I suggest that the Government consider restoring the HDB rental system in a big way. During the early days of this nation, this was how many Singaporeans were adequately housed when they were resettled from kampungs. One-, two- and three-room Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats were rented out to those who could not buy. Why is it that these smaller flats were subsequently either perceived by...

1,600 families benefit from rental scheme

Since the Interim Rental Housing (IRH) scheme was introduced in January 2009, about 1,600 families have benefited from it, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of National Development, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman. Of these, about 430 families have moved out of the IRH scheme into longer-term living arrangements, such as public rental flats. Another 430 families will be moving to home-ownership...

More 2 and 3 room HDB flats to be built in the next few months

The construction and upgrading of HDB flats will be a major project in the months ahead. The National Development Ministry said these are ongoing projects which will not be affected by the economy. Construction costs may have gone up but so has the demand for public housing. National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said: “The mix of the new flats that we're building will change from the bigger flats...

HDB to prioritise the more deserving ahead of rental flat queue

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) will complete its review of the Public Rental Scheme as early as year end, says National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan. The HDB will tighten eligibility criteria for rental flats and help moderate demand. But from now, applicants with more urgent needs will be able to bypass the long queue to get their flats. The HDB is also increasing the number of rental flats...

Rental flats: Full review on the way

ONE tenant of a public rental flat installed a split-airconditioner in her flat, thanks to her children. Another asked for a season car-parking label. Still other tenants of such heavily-subsidised rental flats - meant as a “final safety net” for the needy with no other options - have been known to sublet their units. The Housing and Development Board (HDB) will not hesitate to clamp down on such...

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...

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