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Low angle view of public housing HDB resident buildings/ flats complex with grass courtyard, trees and dense of apartments during sunset in Singapore. Urban concept (Photo by Trong Nguyen from Shutterstock.com).

Increase in maximum tenancy period for renting out of HDB flat to non-Malaysian non-citizen tenants

Flat owners applying to rent out their flat or bedroom(s) to non-Malaysian non-citizen tenants will be allowed to rent out to a maximum of 2 years, up from the current 1.5 years starting from 1 January 2019.

In a press release on Tuesday (18 December), the Housing and Development Board (HDB) noted that this revision will give flat owners greater flexibility to secure a longer tenancy period with non-citizen tenants who may have work/ immigration passes that are valid for a longer period of 2 years.

Meanwhile, the maximum tenancy period where all the tenants are Singapore Citizens and/or Malaysians remains unchanged, at 3 years.

The revised tenancy period will apply to all renting out of flat or bedroom(s) applications involving non-Malaysian non-citizen tenants that are received by HDB on or after 1 January 2019.

The board added that flat owners who are currently renting out their flat or bedroom(s) to non-Malaysian non-citizen tenants with HDB’s approval may continue to do so for the remaining approved duration.