HDB to reduce occupancy cap for HDB flats: are you affected?
In a press release today, HDB announced that the occupancy cap for 4-room and larger HDB flats being rented out will be reduced.
From 1 May 2018, the occupancy cap for 4-room and larger HDB flats being rented out will be reduced to six persons, from the current maximum of nine persons.
The cap for 3-room and smaller flats remains unchanged at 6 persons and 4 persons respectively.
This cap will also apply to all living quarters of commercial properties that are being rented out.
The cap will take effect for all new and renewal applications submitted from 1 May 2018.
All flat owners must also obtain HDB’s prior approval before renting out their flats or bedrooms. The changes seek to reduce overcrowding, and to maintain a conducive living environment in our public housing estates.
Currently, flat owners who intend to rent out their flat are required to seek HDB’s approval before the commencement of the tenancy.
Flat owners and rental commercial property tenants1 who intend to rent out their bedrooms and living quarters need to register within seven days from the start date of the tenancy.
Currently, owners of HDB commercial properties are not required to do so. However, from 1 May 2018, all flat owners, as well as all commercial property owners and tenants, will be required to seek HDB’s approval before the commencement of the tenancy.
This measure will help ensure that the eligibility conditions are met before the tenancy commences.
Applications to rent out HDB flats, bedrooms or living quarters of commercial properties may be submitted online via HDB’s e-services.
The outcome of the application will be made known immediately.
An administrative fee is payable with each application, at $10 per bedroom or $20 for the whole flat rented out.
To apply to rent out living quarters (whole or partial) in commercial properties, the administrative fee is $100 per application.
Flat owners, as well as commercial owners and tenants, are advised to adhere to the occupancy cap and to seek approval before finalising their tenancy arrangements.
Enforcement action will be taken against any infringement.
For enquiries, the public can contact the HDB Branch Service Line at 1800-225-5432 or the Commercial Properties Enquiry Line at 1800-866-3073 between Monday and Friday, 8am to 5pm.
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