Design: Distinct Identity

With about 80 per cent of Singapore’s population residing in an HDB flat, you’d think we’d know all these restrictions:

1. Owning a cat

White it might seem absurd considering that dogs are noticeably a lot noisier than cats and tend to require more space, cats are actually not allowed in HDB flats. Authorities believe that felines might break out of your home and enter the homes of your neighbours. While owning a cat isn't necessarily illegal, it can actually carry a maximum penalty of $4,000, if your neighbour decides to snitch on you.

2. Running a business from home

While you won't go to jail if you bake cakes and cookies for your friends and families during the festive season, if you decide to run a full-fledged baking business from home, you might actually get into trouble for doing so.

3. Putting your flat up on Airbnb or Roomorama

It might seem like a great way to earn some money on the side, but it isn't allowed and if you get caught, you will be fined.

4. Making loud noises at night

From 10:30pm to 7am, you're not allowed to play loud instruments, do loud recreational activities or simply make lots of noise!

5. Smoke in the common corridor

If you're thinking of smoking at the common areas because others hate the smell of smoke at home, you're out of luck! It is an offence to do so, so you're going to have to head down and away from the blocks. 


Adapted from The Singapore Women's Weekly.