MP Jamus Lim

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for National Development whether HDB has considered providing to prospective buyers of resale flats, on request, a history of known repairs effected on the unit, including those effected by town councils through their integrated estate management systems.

Mr Desmond Lee: The sale and purchase of an Housing and Development Board (HDB) resale flat is premised on the caveat emptor principle, as with the sale and purchase of resale private properties. 

Flat owners are responsible for the maintenance and repairs needed to upkeep of their flats. Generally, they would have to engage their own contractor to carry out any repairs within their flats. On a case-by-case basis, if they need help, HDB may assist to check and offer advice to the flat owners on the remedial repairs. HDB will also provide a list of repair contractors to flat owners if they encounter difficulties in engaging one. However, the decision lies with flat owners if they wish to proceed with the repair and whom they intend to engage.

For maintenance issues arising from external sources such as wall seepages, HDB will work with the Town Council to provide advice or assistance to the flat owner to address such issues.

HDB does not collect comprehensive data on repairs done within flats by owners, or information on repairs effected by Town Councils through their integrated estate management systems.

Buyers of HDB resale flats are advised to inspect and be satisfied with the condition of the flats that they are purchasing before committing to the purchase. Home buyers may engage a Qualified Person (for example, Building Surveyor) to help them with the inspections before the purchase if they find it necessary.

Ministry of National Development
6 February 2023


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