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Max: Six tenants for private homes

With effect from 15 May 2017, landlords can rent out their private homes to no more than six unrelated persons.

Here is what you need to know about the revised regulation on the maximum number of unrelated tenants that a private home can be rented out to.

What and when?

With effect from 15 May 2017, landlords can rent out their private homes to no more than six unrelated persons.

This change applies only to private residential properties. For HDB properties, up to six and nine sub-tenants are allowed for a three-room unit and a four-room (or larger) unit respectively.

Property/Flat type Total number of subtenants
Private property 6
HDB 1-room and 2-room 4
HDB 3-room 6
HDB 4-room and larger 9

What about existing tenancy agreements that accommodate more than six tenants?

Existing tenancies can run their course until 15 May 2019. The occupancy cap of six unrelated persons will apply after, regardless of the contracted end-date in the tenancy.

Why the change in rules?

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) explained that the rule change ensures that residential premises are consistent with the character of the local community and integrate better with the neighbourhood.

The new regulation also takes into account the availability of accommodation options for those not living with their families. These alternatives include student hostels and dormitories for company employees.

Why is there a difference in the occupancy cap for private and HDB properties?

URA explained that private residential units vary in sizes, from small apartments to larger landed properties. It has thus simplified the control for greater clarity to the public by not adopting a stratified occupancy cap control based on unit sizes.

What is my role as an agent?

As an agent, you need to have a good knowledge of and comply with relevant laws and regulations. Do inform your clients of the revised occupancy cap before they commit to the transaction.

For more details on the new regulation, refer to the FAQs on URA’s website or email: ura_dcd@ura.gov.sg.