8 March 2020

What should I be aware of as a tenant?

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If you are new to Singapore, this guide will help you to understand the process of renting and might save you some trouble.

In addition to this guide, there are some specific rules related to HDB units:

  • You must be a Singapore citizen, a Singapore PR, or holder of an Employment Pass, S Pass, work permit, Student Pass, Dependant Pass, or Long-term Social Visit Pass with a remaining validity of at least 6 months;
  • You cannot rent a HDB unit if you are a tourist or if you already own a HDB unit or Executive Condo (some exceptions apply);
  • The minimum rental period is 6 months and the maximum is 3 years;
  • The landlord must be granted approval by the authorities, so you should make sure he/she did.

Recently listed HDB rental (whole units)

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For rent
No Agent Fee

5-room HDB

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Chia Chu Kang Crescent (D24)

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3 Beds / 2 Baths

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5-room HDB (Avail. Nov 4, 2017)

Punggol Drive (D19)

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sqft / S$ psf

3 Beds / 2 Baths

Joanna Lim Chee Keong @ERA

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Recently listed room rentals in HDB units

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Room for rent
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170a Punggol Field

5-room HDB (Avail. Apr 1, 2020)

Punggol Field (D19)

S$

sqft / S$ psf

Shared bathroom

Stevie

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4-room HDB photo
Room for rent
No Agent Fee

4-room HDB

Avail. Mar 1, 2020

259 Tampines St 21 (D18)

S$

sqft / S$ psf

Private bathroom

Debbie

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Woodlands Street 81 photo
Room for rent
No Agent Fee

Woodlands Street 81

Executive Flat (Avail. Feb 3, 2020)

Woodlands Street 81 (D25)

S$

sqft / S$ psf

Private bathroom

Tian Leng Teo

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Room for rent

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4-room HDB (Avail. Dec 20, 2019)

Choa Chu Kang Crescent (D24)

S$

sqft / S$ psf

Shared bathroom

Htoo Htoo

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What should I be aware of as a landlord?

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Have a look at our guide. Whether you are a rookie or an experienced landlord, you might still learn something you didn't know.

The HDB have some strict rules regulating the subletting of units:

  • You must be a Singapore citizen;
  • You must complete the minimum occupation period of 3 years if you did not get a CPF grant and bought the unit before Aug 30, 2012 or 5 years otherwise;
  • It is your responsibility to make sure your tenants are eligible (see criteria above);
  • You may not have more than 4, 6, and 9 tenants if you own a 1/2-room, 3-room, 4-room+ unit respectively;
  • Your tenants must be legally residing in Singapore;
  • Your tenants cannot sublet;
  • The minimum rental period is 6 months and the maximum is 3 years;

You will find here a complete list of rules regarding subletting of whole units.

If you do not want to rent the whole unit, but only a room, you do not need to get approval from the HDB:

You will find here a complete list of rules regarding subletting of rooms.

Attention: Unauthorized subletting is a serious offence and could lead the HDB to repossess your flat.

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