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Citizenship Only Singapore Citizens are allowed to sublet the entire HDB flat. Singapore Permanent Resident flat owners are not allowed to do so.
Minimum Occupation Period (MOP) You can sublet your flat after fulfilling the 5-year MOP. If your flat is non-subsidised (purchased from the open market without a Housing Grant) and purchased before 30 Aug 2010, the MOP is 3 years.
If you are the original purchaser, the MOP is computed from the date of purchase of the flat.
If there has been a resale of part-share/ transfer of flat ownership, the MOP is computed from the effective date of the resale of part-share/ transfer of flat ownership, or the date the owner was included as an authorised occupier of the flat. You can print the confirmation of your eligibility to sublet the whole flat through My HDBPage. (Log in with your SingPass and go to: My Flat > Purchased Flat – Subletting > Subletting of Whole Flat.)
You will have to consider the Non-Citizen Quota for Subletting of Flat if any subtenant renting your flat is a non-Malaysian non-citizen (Singapore Permanent Resident or foreigner). The quota is to help maintain a good ethnic mix in HDB estates. Malaysians are not subject to this quota in view of their close cultural and historical similarities with Singaporeans.
The quota is set at 8% at the neighbourhood level and 11% at the block level, and applicable if any subtenant renting the whole flat is a non-Malaysian non-citizen (Singapore Permanent Resident or foreigner) . If the quota is reached, only Singaporeans and Malaysians can rent a flat in that neighbourhood/ block. Note that this quota does not apply to the subletting of bedrooms.
Subtenants must be any of the following:
You can check online if your subtenant’s documents are valid:
These are the maximum number of subtenants allowed in each flat:
|Flat Type||Total No. of Subtenants|
|1 room and 2 room||4|
|4 room and bigger||9|
Tenancy and property ownership status Subtenants must not be tenants or owners of other HDB flats unless they are:
Subtenants must not be owners of Executive Condominium units where the 5-year MOP has not been met.
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Note : For more information please check HDB website, or call HDB Rental hotline @ 1800-225-5432. HDB Rental Price Guide : https://services2.hdb.gov.sg/webapp/BR12AWRentalEnquiry/BR12PSearch.jsp
Private properties owners do not need approval from any authorities unlike HDB owners. However, private residential properties owners are required to adhere to the regulations set by URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority).
Below are the regulations set by URA :
Private residential properties or the rooms within their premises should not be rented out on a short-term basis for less than six months on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
Renting out the whole unit or individual rooms for residential purposes is only allowed for long-term stays of six months or more if these conditions are met:
Do your due diligence to verify subtenants documents. Should you be found to harbour illegal immigrants or overstayers, you risk facing a $6,000 fine or imprisonment of up to 24 months.
Verify tenants’ original work pass or permit, ensure that the particulars in the passport are the same as those in the work pass or permit, and verify that the pass is still valid by checking with the issuing authority. In the event that you have occupants who are on Long Term passes or Students’ passes, visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA’s) site (Enquiry ICA) to check their passes’ legitimacy and authencity. In the event that they are on Work passes or Dependant’s passes, you can sign on to (MOM Check Work Pass) to check.
Note : Regulations are taken from URA website.