Tag Archives: HDB

MUSLIM FAMILY MAY LOSE HOME DURING RAMADAN

A Muslim couple may lose their Housing & Development Board flat by 30 June if they cannot find the money to pay $414, the equivalent of 3 months rental. The husband works as a pest controller and earns $1000 before CPF deduction. His wife stays at home to look after the children.

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ANOTHER FIRE REPORTED, THIS TIME AT A WOODLANDS HDB FLAT

Yet another fire broke out this morning at a HDB flat. This time, the fire occurred at a seventh-floor unit at Block 619, Woodlands Drive 52. This forced about 15 residents to self-evacuate. SCDF said they were alerted to the fire at 7:30am today. The fire reportedly involved contents in the flat's lving room, which was put out by the SCDF by water jets. No injuries have been reported.

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HDB DENYING FLATS TO 80% OF SINGLE MUMS WHO APPLY

However, about two months later, in a parliamentary reply (4 April) – “From 2014 to 2016, about 100 single unwed parents under the age of 35 appealed to buy a flat with their children and without other family members. Over the same period, about 300 single unwed parents under the age of 35 appealed to rent a flat from HDB with their children. For both types of appeals, HDB approved about one-fifth of the cases.

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$600,000 HDB BTO FLATS PRICED OUT OF REACH OF AVERAGE S’POREANS?

Do not underestimate the true significance of the current pricing of the flats in bidadari and geylang in the latest bto intake exercise. Public housing flats shouldn't be priced so out of reach for citizens to apply. In this latest bto intake the lowest selling point of a four room flat is at $475000 while the highest is at $604000. Just the initial cpf ten percent down payment will be $47500 to $60400. Even if both husband and wife each earn $4000 per month with a combined household income of $8000 they will still not be able to afford paying for their flats in full using cpf alone.

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UNPRECEDENTED HIGH NUMBER OF BALANCE FLATS OFFERED BY HDB

Interesting to note that among the mature estates close to the city centre, Queenstown offered with 523 sale of balance units, and Kallang/Whampoa have 263 units. These numbers are staggering, as they are quite comparable to sales of the BTOs themselves. The question is, why are there so many SBF units still available, and the numbers quite high in mature estates. Typically, units in mature estates are snapped up quite fast. Is it because the prices are getting too high for young families to actually purchase a house? The original aim of the HDB was to provide a roof for all families in Singapore with affordable housing. How then can a BTO costing $300k at least is called affordable? When the $300k for the BTO is only for a three room flat?

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HDB FORCING SINGLE MUM & KIDS TO WORK TO MEET PAYMENT DEMANDS

I am a single mum of a dropout kid who has to work alongside me as HDB refuses to grant our 3 room flat at Greenview if we're unable to meet their changing demands. I'm already working 2 jobs with high blood pressure and only having 3 hours of sleep daily just to ensure I have a roof over my head.

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SDP PROPOSES TO RESTRICT RESALE OF HDB FLAT TO BRING DOWN HOME PRICES

Singaporeans have been concerned about the recent announcement by Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong that the value of older HDB flats will decline and, eventually, be worth nothing at the end of their 99-year lease. To overcome this problem, the SDP has proposed the Non-Open Market (NOM) scheme for flats. Under this scheme, HDB will base flat prices solely on labour, materials and administrative costs. They will not contain a land cost component as State land does not cost the government any money.

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