There are a lot of laws governing Singapore, but did you know that there are laws put in place for those living in HDB flats too?
And that’s not surprising, given that about 80 per cent of the Singapore population live in HDB flats—those laws keep us and the people around us safe within our living parameters.
HDB flats are a staple of Singapore living; but amid the rules and regulations to create a harmonious estate, some things aren’t well received. This week, we wanted to find out the main likes – and dislikes – of existing HDB rules. Here are some immediate pet (literal) peeves that we heard from fellow Singaporeans:
HDB rules that Singaporeans hate:
- Having to ballot for a flat
- Sellers allowed to charge whatever they like after MOP
- The difficulty for singles, especially lifelong singles, to acquire public housing
- The (weird) refusal to accept cats
HDB rules that Singaporeans seem to love:
- You can get an HDB loan
- Minimum Occupancy Period (MOP) prevents quick flipping
- No major businesses run from flats
- First-timer advantages when balloting
- HDB Housing Grants
Here are some things that we bet you didn’t know were considered illegal to do in a HDB flat, even if it’s in your own house! Scroll down to find out if you are actually secretly guilty of any of these.