HDB should apply its own occupancy rules to rental housing

16 Feb 2018

The Housing Board (HDB) recently announced new occupancy caps for flats rented out on the open market (HDB lowers cap on number of tenants allowed in flats; Feb 2).

The new rules bring down the maximum number of persons who may live in four-room and larger flats from nine to six, in line with the limit for three-room flats. The cap for one-and two-room flats remains at four persons.

These changes may come as a relief to those who are concerned about noise and the sharing of public spaces when their neighbours' properties are overcrowded.

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Ng Kok Hoe

Assistant Professor

Neo Yu Wei

Research Fellow, Social Service Research Centre