On 12 Jan 2010, HDB announced that with effect from 1 Feb 2010, flat owners who lease rooms in their HDB flats will have to register with HDB within 7 days of doing so.
They are also required to notify HDB when they renew or terminate their subletting contracts, and when there are changes to their subtenants’ particulars. There is no need to seek prior approval for subletting of rooms.
Those who sublet their rooms before 1 Feb 2010 are advised to register early to avoid a last minute rush. Registration can be done online at www.hdb.gov.sg or at the HDB Branch Offices, where HDB staff will be on hand to guide residents on the process.
HDB may impose a penalty on those who flout the rule. The penalty may involve a fine of up to $3,000 or, for recalcitrant cases, compulsory acquisition of their flats. Register by 31 July 2010.