Of the 50,000 rental flats available in Singapore, 12,000 are occupied by tenants under the Joint Singles Scheme (JSS), the Ministry of National Development (MND) said in a written answer to a query in Parliament yesterday.
However, some 1,900 flats are currently occupied by single JSS tenants as their original flatmates have left and their replacements are being sought. There is a grace period of six months for the tenant to find a flatmate.
HDB encourages these tenants to look for someone they know, such as a relative or friend.
However, to match single tenants, HDB “provides them with a list of single applicants, or introduces them to other single tenants of a similar profile, whom they may contact before mutually agreeing to jointly rent a flat.”
Additionally, HDB does not set a quota on the number of rental flats for JSS tenants.
Established in 1990, the JSS allows eligible single citizens to jointly purchase or rent a HDB flat.