Apr 13, 2011

The Housing Development Board (HDB) stepped up enforcement against the illegal subletting of public flats last year, carrying out 7,000 flat inspections, up from the 3,000 flats inspected in 2009.

Out of the 7,000 HDB flats inspected, HDB took action against 95 flat owners in relation to illegal subletting. Of the 95 apprehended for unauthorised subletting, 39 had their flats seized.

HDB said it is reminding all flat owners that HDB flats are primarily meant for owner occupancy.

“We will take stern actions against owners, including compulsory acquisition, even if it is the owner’s first infringement. This is especially for cases where the flat owners had bought the flat purely for monetary gains, with no intention of occupying it,” it said.

Flat owners who wish to sublet their entire flats must meet the Minimum Occupation Period (MOP) and obtain HDB’s approval before they can do so.

“They must also comply with HDB’s terms and conditions for subletting, for example, by ensuring that the number of subtenants does not exceed the maximum number allowed for the various flat types.”

Info courtesy - PropertyGuru