Jun 6, 2009 - PropertyGuru.com.sg
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The Housing and Development Board (HDB) allows singles to directly buy studio-type units, but does not do so in terms of two-room build-to-order (BTO) homes. This has been a major concern for some single men and women who want to move to the recently developed Sengkang area.

HDB is a statutory board under the Ministry on National Development in charge of public housing in Singapore. The board provides eligibility conditions for clients before they can purchase a flat. Requirements comprise of concerns on household status, income and special requirements, citizenship, family nucleus, and even time bar.

Because of the requirements and various conditions, single women like Annie Lim are concerned that they might not be able to buy a unit that they prefer.

“I am single and I am disappointed after I inquired about the new build-to-order (BTO) flats at Fernvale Crescent in Sengkang, especially the two-room units,” said Lim.

Sengkang, a sub-urban area in northeastern Singapore, holds the Sengkang New Town, which is currently undergoing rapid development. HDB aims to transform the former fishing village into a town worthy of the 21st century.

Despite the requirements and conditions, interested buyers are still inquiring on how they can purchase their preferred residences.

“The two-room units are similar in floor area and layout to the studio units. Can the HDB consider allowing singles to buy these units, especially if the response from other buyers is poor?” Lim added.

However, like other statutory boards in Singapore, HDB adheres to its policies with its mission to “develop world-class infrastructure, create a vibrant and sustainable living environment, and to build rooted and cohesive communities”.
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