Regulations for Renting a HDB Flat or Bedroom

Things To Take Note

Non-Citizen Quota for Renting Out of Flat

If you are a non-Malaysian non-citizen (Singapore Permanent Resident or foreigner) renting the HDB flat, you will be subject to the Non-Citizen Quota for Renting Out of Flat. The quota is to help maintain a good ethnic mix in HDB estates. Malaysians are not subject to this quota in view of their close cultural and historical similarities with Singaporeans.

The quota is set at 8% at the neighbourhood level and 11% at the block level, and applicable if any tenant renting the flat is a non-Malaysian non-citizen. If the quota is reached, only Singaporeans and Malaysians can rent a flat in that neighbourhood/ block. This quota does not apply to the renting out of bedrooms.


Rental period

You must rent an HDB flat or bedroom for at least 6 months. Owners can apply to rent out flat or bedrooms for a maximum period of 3 years per application if their tenants are all Singaporeans or Malaysians. For application involving non-Malaysian non-citizens, the maximum rental period per approval is 2 years.


Maximum number of tenants and occupants

Take note of the maximum number of tenants and occupants allowed in each flat when renting the flat/ bedrooms.


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* Occupants include owners, authorised occupiers and tenants. The maximum number of occupants applies even if flat owners rent out bedroom(s) to tenants who are from the same family unit.

^ Only bedrooms originally constructed by HDB can be rented out. All other parts of the flat (including partitioned rooms) cannot be used as bedrooms for tenants.


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