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Subletting/Renting Out Your HDB Flat (Whole Unit or Rooms)

What is the eligibility for renting out my HDB Flat?
From 1 May 2018, flat owners will be required to seek HDB’s approval before renting out their bedroom(s). Applications to rent out bedrooms can be submitted online via HDB’s e-services. The outcome of the application will be made known immediately. An administrative fee is payable with each application, at $10 per bedroom.
What is the Non-Citizen Subletting Quota for renting out a HDB Flat?
Subletting of a flat to one or more non-Malaysian NCs is subject to the NC Subletting Quota.

The NC subletting quota is set at 8% and 11% at the neighbourhood and block level respectively.

It applies to subtenants who are Singapore Permanent Residents and foreigners, but not to Malaysians.

The NC subletting quota also does not apply to the subletting of bedrooms.

When the NC Subletting Quota in a neighbourhood and/or block is reached, flat owners there cannot apply to sublet their flat to any non-Malaysian NCs. They can only sublet their flat to Singaporeans and Malaysians.

Flat owners can use HDB e-Service: Enquiry on the Non-Citizen (NC) Quota for the Renting Out of Flat on the HDB InfoWEB to enquire if their flat can be sublet to non-Malaysian NCs.

* This refers to Singapore Permanent Residents and foreigners (excluding Malaysians for both groups).
What are the flat-owner’s responsibilities for renting out a HDB Flat?
The flat-owner should be

  • Making sure the flat is sublet to eligible subtenants only;
  • Making sure that there is no overcrowding and the number of subtenants does not exceed the maximum number allowed;
  • Making sure that your subtenants have entered and are remaining in Singapore lawfully at all times (while the subletting is ongoing);
  • Making sure that your subtenants do not further sublet the flat to other persons;
  • Making sure that your subtenants comply with all the covenants in the lease and the provisions of the Housing & Development Act and that you are responsible for all infringements, if any, committed by them;
  • Informing the Comptroller of Property Tax, of the subletting approval and termination of subletting;
  • Informing HDB of any changes in the subletting agreement;
  • Resuming occupation of your flat and ensuring your subtenants vacate the premises when:
    • The subletting is terminated, or
    • You are no longer eligible to sublet your flat;
  • and Surrendering the flat if the flat is repossessed by HDB.
What are the eligible subtenants for renting a HDB Flat?
Subtenants must be:

  • Singapore citizens; or
  • Singapore permanent residents; or
  • Non-citizens legally residing in Singapore who are holders of Employment Passes, S Passes, Work Permits*, Student Passes, Dependant Passes, or Long-Term Social Visit Passes.
These passes must have a validity period of at least 6 months as at the date of subletting application**.

* *Work Permit holders from the construction, marine, and process sectors must be Malaysians. Work Permit holders from the manufacturing sector must also be Malaysians if they are renting a whole HDB flat.

** Tourists are not allowed to rent HDB flats.

Immigration status of non-citizen subtenants may be verified using the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority's i-Enquiry website.

You may also check the Employment Pass and S Pass validity using MOM’s website.

Subtenants must not be tenants/owners of other HDB flats except for:

  • Tenants/owners who are divorced/legally separated; and
  • Owners who are eligible to sublet their whole HDB flat
Subtenants must not be owners of Executive Condominium units where the 5-year minimum occupation period has not been met. Subtenants must not be tourists as well.
What is the maximum number of subtenants for renting a HDB Flat?
Flat TypeTotal Number Of Occupants
1-room and 2 room4 persons
4-room6 persons
4-room and bigger9 persons
Source: HDB
What is the minimum subletting period for renting a HDB Flat?
Flat owners are not allowed to sublet the flat on a short term basis.

The period of subletting to each subtenant per application must not be less than 6 months.
What is the maximum subletting period for renting a HDB Flat?
The maximum subletting period allowed is 3 years per application or as indicated in the approval letter, whichever is shorter.

However, for subletting involving non-Malaysian NC subtenants, the period of subletting per application is 1.5 years or as indicated in the approval letter, whichever is shorter.

NCs refer to Singapore Permanent Residents and foreigners.

You are required to apply each time you sublet your flat or when you renew the subletting tenancy.
What is the cost involved in subletting for renting a HDB Flat?
Administrative Fee

Flat owners have to pay an administrative fee of $20/- for each subletting application.

Renewal Fee

Flat owners must submit a new application and pay a fresh administrative fee to continue subletting the flat when existing subletting period expires.

The new application will be subject to a reassessment of your eligibility to sublet your flat and the NC Subletting Quota.
What is the application for subletting approval for renting a HDB Flat?
You must obtain HDB’s approval before you sublet your whole flat.

You can submit the application online at My HDBPage; or obtain the application form from any HDB Branch or download the application form and print it.

If the flat owner is overseas during the subletting period, there must be a properly appointed Attorney to act for him in the management of the flat.

A certified true copy of the Power of Attorney (POA), prepared in accordance with HDB's standard format and which has been lodged with the High Court, must be furnished (Please consult your solicitor on the POA).
What are the guidelines for renting out spare bedrooms?
Eligibility Conditions For Owners

You are allowed to sublet your bedrooms if you own a 3-room or bigger flat. Owners of 1 and 2-room flats are not allowed to sublet their bedrooms

Number Of Bedrooms And Occupants Allowed For Subletting

Flat TypeMaximum Number of Bedrooms# Allowed for SublettingMaximum Number of Occupants* Allowed in Each Flat
3-room1 bedroom6 persons
4-room2 bedrooms9 persons
5-room2 bedrooms9 persons
Executive2 bedrooms9 persons
* includes owners, authorised occupants and subtenants
# living room, household shelters and utility room cannot be sublet

Source: HDB
Where should I register for subletting?
You must register the subletting with HDB within 7 days from the commencement date of the subletting. You can register online at My HDBPage.

You are also required to notify HDB of the subsequent renewal and termination of the subletting and changes to your subtenants or subtenants’ particulars within 7 days from the dates of the events. You must provide your subtenants’ particulars and other subletting details at the time of registration and inform HDB of any subsequent changes.

If you did not register the subletting of bedrooms with HDB and inform HDB of subsequent changes termination, renewal of subletting and changes to subtenants or subtenants’ particulars) within the stipulated grace period, the subletting of bedrooms will be considered unauthorised and HDB can take action against you which includes the imposition of penalty.

Last updated: 30 Apr 2018

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