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New Rental Rules for Houses and Apartments in Singapore

December 1, 2018

Are you planning on traveling to Singapore  and book an Airbnb? Airbnb, famous in most part of the world, is an apartment or house rental service, provided by a local person. Unfortunately, there is no Airbnb as Singapore property is tied to a rental law. 

In general, renting a property in Singapore has to last for at least 6 months (for Housing Department Board Flats) or 3 months (for private houses). HDB flats are also not allowed to be rented to tourists. 

Flats are only allowed to be rented to a foreigner who holds student pass or long term social visit pass. If a flat is rented for a foreigners who have stayed longer than should and do not hold any of the passes above, the owner of HDB flat might get fined. 

Flats of three rooms have maximum number of six occupants and nine occupants for four or more rooms. Flats that are eligible to be rented are flats with at least three rooms. Owner of one or two rooms are not allowed to rent their flats.

Rental Rules in Singapore
Source: @singaporelegaladvice

HDB flats are not allowed to be rented to tourist. Owner of flats are not allowed to rent their rooms for less than six months and if they disobeyed, they might get fined or their flats might be bought by the government compulsively.

Since 30 June 2017, owners of private properties are not allowed to rent their rooms for less than three months. They are only allowed to do it if they have a permission from Urban Redevelopment Authority to do so. 

There is no law that ban you from renting a Singapore registered Airbnb, but there is a risk considering the law about rent in the country. It is wise to avoid this risk because the consequence can be unfortunate. 

As a result, tourists are not allowed to rent a room in HDB or private houses even for a long period of time unless they are eligible for it. To rent a house, there is a minimum requirement of three months stay. If you disobey these rules, you will have to face the consequent that the government see fit and both sides (you and your host) will get the penalty.

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Are you planning on traveling to Singapore  and book an Airbnb? Airbnb, famous in most part of the world, is an apartment or house rental service, provided by a local person. Unfortunately, there is no Airbnb as Singapore property is tied to a rental law. 

In general, renting a property in Singapore has to last for at least 6 months (for Housing Department Board Flats) or 3 months (for private houses). HDB flats are also not allowed to be rented to tourists. 

Flats are only allowed to be rented to a foreigner who holds student pass or long term social visit pass. If a flat is rented for a foreigners who have stayed longer than should and do not hold any of the passes above, the owner of HDB flat might get fined. 

Flats of three rooms have maximum number of six occupants and nine occupants for four or more rooms. Flats that are eligible to be rented are flats with at least three rooms. Owner of one or two rooms are not allowed to rent their flats.

Rental Rules in Singapore
Source: @singaporelegaladvice

HDB flats are not allowed to be rented to tourist. Owner of flats are not allowed to rent their rooms for less than six months and if they disobeyed, they might get fined or their flats might be bought by the government compulsively.

Since 30 June 2017, owners of private properties are not allowed to rent their rooms for less than three months. They are only allowed to do it if they have a permission from Urban Redevelopment Authority to do so. 

There is no law that ban you from renting a Singapore registered Airbnb, but there is a risk considering the law about rent in the country. It is wise to avoid this risk because the consequence can be unfortunate. 

As a result, tourists are not allowed to rent a room in HDB or private houses even for a long period of time unless they are eligible for it. To rent a house, there is a minimum requirement of three months stay. If you disobey these rules, you will have to face the consequent that the government see fit and both sides (you and your host) will get the penalty.

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