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Tag Archives: HDB

The insidious measurement of affordability

By GS In the PAP rally at Woodlands on 7 September, as part of the campaign for GE2015, Mr Khaw Boon Wan talked at length about housing and the various steps the PAP government has taken to address the many difficulties faced by Singaporeans in owning a flat. In terms of affordability, he was very pleased to reiterate that HDB …

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Khaw Boon Wan and his speech of contradictions

By GS In his rally speech on 7 September, Khaw Boon Wan attempted to sway the crowd with an eloquent speech appealing to commonsense and sensibility. However, the irony of making assertions and then using examples that actually demonstrate the opposite, was lost on him. You are discourteous if you don’t ask for votes face-to-face. Unless you’re Khaw Boon Wan; …

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HDB applies to be co-plaintiff in AHPETC case, WP expresses surprise.

If the Court of Appeal upholds a High Court decision not to appoint independent accountants to the  Aljunied-Houngang-Punngol East Town Council (AHPETC), the Housing and Development Board (HDB) may be brought in as co-plaintiffs alongside the Ministry of National Development (MND) for the case. The application was made of 22 June but it is still subject to the Court of Appeal's grant. When …

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7 areas to check for your HDB BTO Defects

By Thomas Hoi When buying a house, no matter if it is new or old, there are always defects. Even new houses might come with defects. And the problem is, most of the defects are hidden, subtle and not visible to the eye. Or better said, not anyone looks for them. We show you 7 places in your home to look …

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Still being hung out to dry by HDB after one year of enquiry

By Clarence Raj I have run out of ideas to solve my problem hence I'm writing in to you hoping there are some good people out there. I'm Clarence Raj. I have been chasing the Housing Development Board for an answer to what I believe that I have been cheated by a HDB officer. And it seems to be HDB …

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Concerns with laws to allow HDB to enter flats without owner’s permission

By Ariffin Sha In a blogpost, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, the Minister for National Development (MND), said that laws need to be amended to empower HDB to enter flats to investigate and carry out repairs. Implying that this amendment would allow HDB officers to enter flats without the permission of the flat owner. “They refuse to allow entry by the HDB …

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HDB lessees should not contribute to sinking fund

By Philip Ang There is no such thing as ownership of public property by citizens, HDB flats included. Our HDB flats are all on a 99-year lease and it is stated clearly on the lease agreement. ‘Owners’ are in fact ‘lessees’. It is precisely we are lessees that we DO NOT have any control over our ‘asset’. The thousand-and-one-forever-being-tweaked rules …

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Single mother “played” by HDB on housing loan and grant

By Terry Xu Xiao Li is a single mother with a 14-year old and a 9-year old daughters. Her younger daughter is a special needs child with autism. Her family has been living in a rented house for the past two years after being forced to sell her private property because of the en-bloc scheme. Xiao Li was not able to …

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