Rental flats: HDB to weed out errant tenants

Rental flats: HDB to weed out errant tenants 

 

It will conduct more checks to identify those who sublet subsidised flats illegally

By Jessica Cheam 

THE Housing and Development Board (HDB) is clamping down harder on the abuse of its heavily subsidised rental flats.

 

Enforcement blitzes to identify illegally rented flats will be stepped up and they will be extended across a wider area of the country, said the HDB on Wednesday.

 

Its response comes amid growing disquiet on several fronts about the abuse of subsidised rental housing.

 

MPs, residents of rental blocks and eligible Singaporeans who feel they have been left in the queue while foreign workers snap up cheap flats have all called for action.

 

The Straits Times reported last week that an increasing number of tenants have been illegally subletting HDB flats to cash in on the demand for low-priced accommodation. The flats are often leased to workers from Malaysia, China and India who are either in the dark about rules or just want the cheapest rental option.

 

Some MPs told The Straits Times that residents had alerted them to the illegal rentals and demanded more enforcement.

 

HDB rental flats have soared in demand over the past year, with the waiting list up by at least 30 per cent in recent months. There are about 4,000 applicants in the queue with a waiting time of 15 months – double the wait in 2006.

 

Source: Straits Times

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