HDB rental flats for low-income families waiting for their BTO flats

I asked the Minister for National Development whether families with a monthly household income of $1,500 or less who have booked a 2-room HDB BTO flat and are awaiting the construction of the flats are eligible to rent a flat under the Public Rental Scheme.

Typically, HDB rental flats are allocated to only families which do not already own a flat. However, families waiting for their BTO flats to be completed — which could be several years — will still need to find a place to stay. This question was to ascertain if it is possible for them to still be allocated a rental flat if they meet the income criteria.

Parliamentary question on 19 January 2015

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for National Development whether families with a monthly household income of $1,500 or less who have booked a 2-room HDB BTO flat and are awaiting the construction of the flats are eligible to rent a flat under the Public Rental Scheme.

Mr Khaw Boon Wan: We can consider their application, but they will have to compete with other needy applicants. We will give priority to those who have no other housing option and no family support. One option is for them to rent a flat under the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme, especially if they do so jointly with another family, so as to further reduce their rental expenses.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.