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Letting and residency

Post by JR8 » Tue, 31 Jul 2012 7:04 pm

Can anyone remind me on the rule re: renting and residency, i.e. that you have to have resident status to rent?

For whatever reason I seem to recall this rule came in within the last few years.

...I'm having a total mental block on this question today!

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Post by the lynx » Tue, 31 Jul 2012 7:43 pm

HDB website says so. But I'm not sure about condos. Will check on the link when I get back

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Post by zzm9980 » Tue, 31 Jul 2012 8:31 pm

I tried to look this up today too probably because of the same thread. I couldn't figure anything about it on ICA's Site.

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Post by the lynx » Tue, 31 Jul 2012 8:44 pm

Got it!

From http://www.hdb.gov.sg/fi10/fi10323p.nsf ... enDocument

Eligiblity Conditions : Subtenants

Citizenship
Subtenants must be :
a. Singapore citizens; or
b. Singapore permanent residents; or
c. Non-citizens legally residing in Singapore who are holders of Employment Passes, S Passes, Work Permits*, Student Passes, Dependant Passes, Professional Visit Passes or Long-Term Social Visit Passes. These passes must have a validity period of at least 6 months as at the date of subletting application.
*Construction workers who are Work Permit holders should be Malaysians.

Immigration status of non-citizen subtenants may be verified using the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority's iEnquiry website. You may also check the Employment Pass and S Pass validity using MOM’s website.

Still, not sure about condos...

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Post by wwww » Wed, 01 Aug 2012 9:21 am

the lynx wrote:Got it!

From http://www.hdb.gov.sg/fi10/fi10323p.nsf ... enDocument

Eligiblity Conditions : Subtenants

Citizenship
Subtenants must be :
a. Singapore citizens; or
b. Singapore permanent residents; or
c. Non-citizens legally residing in Singapore who are holders of Employment Passes, S Passes, Work Permits*, Student Passes, Dependant Passes, Professional Visit Passes or Long-Term Social Visit Passes. These passes must have a validity period of at least 6 months as at the date of subletting application.
*Construction workers who are Work Permit holders should be Malaysians.

Immigration status of non-citizen subtenants may be verified using the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority's iEnquiry website. You may also check the Employment Pass and S Pass validity using MOM’s website.

Still, not sure about condos...
URA only says that you cant convert your private property into a workers dormitory, thats it. I dont think that there's a rule prohibiting non-singaporeans to let their properties. Imagine all the foreigners owning property as investment, I am sure that many of them let their units.

http://www.ura.gov.sg/homeowner/stratat ... ty.htm#eig

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Post by the lynx » Wed, 01 Aug 2012 9:28 am

wwww wrote:URA only says that you cant convert your private property into a workers dormitory, thats it. I dont think that there's a rule prohibiting non-singaporeans to let their properties. Imagine all the foreigners owning property as investment, I am sure that many of them let their units.

http://www.ura.gov.sg/homeowner/stratat ... ty.htm#eig
Oh, I believe you've got me wrong :P

JR8 was asking about renting restrictions on foreigners. And it has something to do with this recent thread http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/sutra597442.html

Rules on foreigners renting out their own properties will be for another topic :wink:

At least from now, we have established that only foreigners with valid residency visa are allowed to rent in HDBs. But what about condos? Can foreigners without residency visa rent condos or private properties instead?

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Post by wwww » Wed, 01 Aug 2012 9:56 am

the lynx wrote:
wwww wrote:URA only says that you cant convert your private property into a workers dormitory, thats it. I dont think that there's a rule prohibiting non-singaporeans to let their properties. Imagine all the foreigners owning property as investment, I am sure that many of them let their units.

http://www.ura.gov.sg/homeowner/stratat ... ty.htm#eig
Oh, I believe you've got me wrong :P

JR8 was asking about renting restrictions on foreigners. And it has something to do with this recent thread http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/sutra597442.html

Rules on foreigners renting out their own properties will be for another topic :wink:

At least from now, we have established that only foreigners with valid residency visa are allowed to rent in HDBs. But what about condos? Can foreigners without residency visa rent condos or private properties instead?

oops...its still early... :cool:

However, its not possible according to this thread: http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/sutra437581.html

Google isnt very informative on this case...

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Post by JR8 » Wed, 01 Aug 2012 5:49 pm

Thanks I think we've part nailed it down.

Reminds me when I rolled up in SG in 2008. I found a place that I wanted to rent, but the agent made me wait until I had my LTVP issued before letting me sign the Tenancy Agreement.

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Post by the lynx » Wed, 01 Aug 2012 10:23 pm

JR8 wrote:Thanks I think we've part nailed it down.

Reminds me when I rolled up in SG in 2008. I found a place that I wanted to rent, but the agent made me wait until I had my LTVP issued before letting me sign the Tenancy Agreement.
But was that a private property or HDB?

And how come you had to rent? Thought your missus' a local?

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Post by beppi » Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:07 pm

the lynx wrote:And how come you had to rent? Thought your missus' a local?
Not every local has or wants to buy property.
My wife is local too, but given the fact that for the price of a condo here we can get two houses with garden in my country and still have cash left to pay Singapore rent for a few years, the decision was easy: We rent!

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Post by JR8 » Thu, 02 Aug 2012 1:02 am

the lynx wrote: But was that a private property or HDB?

Private, condo.


And how come you had to rent? Thought your missus' a local?

Various pretty compelling reasons. One of which was I wanted condo facilities. The others I'll be happy to share with you when we meet next time I've moved back in-country :-)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 02 Aug 2012 2:13 pm

Copied and pasted from my post in the other thread.......

To solve all the hemming & hawing, here it is from the horses mouth.

You cannot rent private housing/rooms either without a residency visa either (residency visa means ltvp, ep, s, wp, student etc). (it's illegal for an owner to rent out any portion of their private home for periods of less than 6 months. As the maximum period that a svp will last is 90 days, then that's it.

Here it is from URA:

http://www.ura.gov.sg/dc/dcu/definition_example2.html
Residential properties like apartments, flats, condominium units and landed houses are approved for residential purpose in accordance with the residential zone in the Master Plan. These residential properties or their individual rooms within the premises should not be rented out on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Such short-term occupancy, with transient occupiers, creates disturbances and inconveniences to other bona fide residents in the development. Premises that are approved for residential use are for longer term stays of 6 months or more.
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