Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for National Development in each of the last 10 years, how many HDB residential lessees have had their approvals to sublet the entire property rescinded due to nuisance caused by their tenants.
Mr Desmond Lee: Flat owners who rent out their flat must comply with the applicable Terms and Conditions (T&Cs). These include the need to conduct regular checks on their tenants to ensure that there is no breach of the T&Cs, that the flat is only occupied by the registered tenants and that tenants do not create nuisance to the neighbours. HDB may terminate the rental approval if flat owners fail to adhere to any of the conditions within the T&Cs.
In the last five years, HDB received a total of about 600 pieces of public feedback on nuisance caused by tenants. For such feedback, HDB generally adopts a mediative approach, and advises flat owners to remind their tenants to be mindful of actions which may cause disturbance to other residents. This approach resolved about 80% of the feedback received. Hence, the vast majority of such feedback is resolved without the need for any tenancy actions.
For the remaining cases where the nuisance persists, the flat owners took action to terminate the tenancy with the tenants.
Ministry of National Development
10 January 2023