About 50 households in Dover Road are being forced out of their interim housing by the Housing & Development Board even though their Build-To-Order (BTO) flats are not ready yet.
These 50 households are part of the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS), which is meant to give home buyers a chance to start their families earlier. However, there is a cause capping the tenancy duration at 3 years.
The average time it takes to complete a BTO flat is 4 years.
Applicants can apply for a PPHS flat at any time. This makes it very likely that some families will end up having to move out of their PPHS flats even before their BTO homes are ready.
In response to this case, a HDB spokesperson said: “Applicants are advised to consider the availability of the PPHS site and choose one that best meets the completion timelines of their new flats.”
Residents at the Dover Road site have expressed unhappiness that they will have to move twice.
One of the residents, Tom Ye, 41, said he will have to move his family to an alternative PPHS site in Commonwealth for a month before moving to his new Ghim Moh 4 room flat in mid-June. He pays $1,700 a month for the Dover Road flat.
With 2 children in tow and a lot of furniture, Mr Ye wonders why the HDB could not have made an exception for cases like his.
Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Gan Thiam Poh has spoken up for the residents: “I don’t see why there is a need to move them here and there before they can collect their keys.”