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14 May 2019
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 236
Affordable housing

The prices of new HDB flats are too high. Even after a large government grant, the net cost to the buyer will take away a large part of the CPF savings and disposable income. One factor for the high price is the need to pay for 99 years of the lease of the flat.  The government can make housing affordable by adopting this approach: a) They can provide new or pre-owned HDB flats and offer them for rental at 15% to 20% of the income ......



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11 May 2019
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 2
Review Home Improvement Programme processes

My precinct is currently undergoing the Home Improvement Programme (HIP). It surprised me that the renovation workers took 10 full calendar days to upgrade one toilet. The time taken is far too long, be it for one or two toilets, since an adult from each household needs to be physically present for the duration of the period. span style="font-size:16px;......



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08 May 2019
Housing Development Board
Feedback View - 10
Useful to share lessons learnt from Dakota relocation

I refer to Dr Ad Maulod's commentary (Who guards the bodyguard? The ethics of care for older adults, April 7) and the Housing Board's reply (HDB worked closely with Dakota residents for relocation, May 1). Dr Maulod is a member of the Cassia Resettlement Team (CRT) whose commentary was one of the articles published in the book, They Told Us To Move: Dakota - Cassia. The book highlights various issues affecting residents that started fro......



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05 May 2019
Housing Development Board
Feedback View - 103
Unfair to disallow singles to buy HDB flats

Most people may not be aware of the unfairness of the HDB policy towards singles. They are forced to contribute a large part of their earnings as savings towards the CPF. About half of the CPF savings is meant to be used for home purchase, primary a HDB flat.  But singles are barred from buying a HDB flat until they are 35 years and then, they can only buy a resale flat which is usually more costly than a new flat. However, the act......



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04 May 2019
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 23
Consider an HDB enclave for singles

Singapore is a pro-family nation, with many government policies to encourage marriage. But many people are single not by choice, but due to lack of opportunity to find their right life partners. I suggest the Government build an HDB enclave for singles. It should be in a convenient location and have various flat sizes, such as studios to five-room flats, to suit different budgets and lifestyles. Only singles older than, s......



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01 May 2019
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 293
Abandoned houses in Japan

10 million homes in Japan are abandoned, representing 15% of all houses in Japan. They have no value, even though they are freehold. Remember, properties in Japan used to be very expensive and a great investment. See this report https://blog.gaijinpot.com/buy-abandoned-house-in-japan/ This is a lesson for Singapore. Do not com......



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11 Apr 2019
Housing Development Board
Feedback View - 11
Make decisions with community consensus

It is disheartening to learn that the Housing Board has rejected a flat owner's appeal to keep his koi tank (HDB rejects owner's appeal to keep koi tank outside flat, April 10). HDB said that "there is a more fundamental reason to turn down the request", which is that the stairway area outside the unit is common property. This makes little sense to me, since who would regard the stairway right in front of a residential unit as common pr......



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03 Apr 2019
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 222
Dealing with the HDB Mess (2)

I offer the following suggestion to solve the HDB mess: a)  Do not restrict the use of CPF on the purchase of HDB flats above 40 years. Let the same rules apply, regardless of the age of the flat. This ensure that market value of the old flats will fall gradually, rather than suffer a large drop after 40 years. This allows the owner to sell the old flats at a fair price, and downgrade to a smaller flat or rent a flat.  b) ......



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02 Apr 2019
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 524
Dealing with the HDB Mess

I discussed with my friend about the HDB  "mess". Suddenly, people realize that the HDB flat will have no value at the end of the lease. They have paid a large sum for a HDB flat thinking that it is an appreciating asset.  To make matters worse, the HDB flat now suffered a sharp decline when it passed the 40 year mark. An old flat, with less than 60 year lease, suffered a large drop in market value (more than 20%) as there are restrictions o......



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02 Apr 2019
Housing Development Board
Feedback View - 5
Season-parking holders help pay for upkeep of carparks

I read with disappointment that Mr Tan Kay Khoo would use environment issues as a reason for removing lower-floor parking priority for season-parking motorists (No compelling reason to reserve lower floors for season parking, March 28). The Housing Board designs and sells a......



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20 Mar 2019
Housing Development Board
Feedback View - 75
Liberalise CPF to buy HDB flats

The liberalisation of CPF to enable elderly people to buy older flats that was recently announced in Parliament by Lawrence Wong. In my opinion, this is a most irresponsible and despicable policy. It is suicidal to say the least.  To begin with, old people do not have many more economically productive years left in them. When their CPF savings are used to buy an already old flat, they deplete their retirement funds much further to buy a depreciat......



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20 Mar 2019
Housing Development Board
Negative View - 94
Why leave lights on in new, unoccupied blocks?

I live near the upcoming Bidadari Housing Board estate, in which some blocks seem to have been completely built. Every night, when I look out of my windows, I see that the lights in the completed blocks, as well as in the multi-storey carparks are fully lit. This has been happening for some time. Given that the first residents will not move in till the third quarter of this year, why does HDB deem it necessary to keep the......



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22 Feb 2019
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 355
Depleting value of HDB flat

When HDB flats were first build, the flats were sold at very low prices. In subsequent years, under the Asset Enhancement Policy of the government, the prices of the flats appreciated many times. The people who bought their flats earlier enjoyed a large gain. Those who bought the flats at the higher prices were still able to enjoy the appreciation as long as the flats continue to increase in price.  The government leaders also advised the citizen......



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10 Feb 2019
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 275
Allow private property owner to buy HDB flats

The current government policy allows an eligible person to buy a HDB flat and after occupying the flat for five years, to buy a private property. The HDB owner can rent out the private property to enjoy a rental income while continuing to live in the HDB flat. He is allowed to own a HDB flat and a private property at the same time. However, an owner of a private property does not have any opportunity to own an HDB flat. I suggest......



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08 Feb 2019
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 8
Distribute wealth when HDB owners reap a windfall

The Government should make sure that housing policies do not exacerbate the social divide through the lottery effect (Million-dollar HDB flats: Location, type and size count; Feb 4). In recent years, the focus has been to ensure upward mobility for all Singaporeans, as there is a bigger divide across socio-economic status which threatens our social fabric. However, housing policies exacerbate this divide as only a lucky few benefit from them by succes......



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27 Jan 2019
Housing Development Board
Feedback View - 341
The "cheated" generation

From 1970s till early 1980s, one can buy a 4 room HDB flats for a mere $20K-$30K. They introduced the inclusion of land price some time in mid 1980s and the prices of HDB flats started to climb. By early 1990s-1995, GCT came up with the Asset Enhancement Scheme which entice Singaporeans to spend more of their CPF to buy HDB flats. They relaxed the rules on the secondary market for HDB flats. By 1990s, some of the HDB......



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20 Jan 2019
Housing Development Board
Feedback View - 181
Size of flats impact family size

In the early years, the size of HDB flats were bigger. In the early years, 5 room flat had a built in area of 123 sm. Since 1997, the size reduced by 11% to 110 sm.  Similarly, a 4 room HDB flat became slightly smaller.  See this page for the facts. The price of HDB flats had also increased sharply over the years. Many ordin......



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18 Jan 2019
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 95
Build more rental flats

In the past, HDB flats were low cost. It was a good policy to encourage home ownership. The prices of HDB flats has increased to a high level. Owning a HDB flat can be a burden for young families and lower income families. The high cost of housing discourages young people from getting married. We should review our housing policy and make rental flats more easily available.  Some families may prefer to rent a flat and......



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25 Dec 2018
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 0
Have clearer guidelines on use of public space

I believe there are Singaporeans who have been left wondering about the guidelines for ground-up initiatives using public spaces at Housing Board estates after the recent reports on the Christmas decorations in Clementi and Woodlands (No go for Xmas decorations on HDB ledge, Dec 14; a href="https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/let-it-snow-let-it-snow-in-woodlands" target="_blan......



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22 Dec 2018
Housing Development Board
Feedback View - 1
Onus on HDB to resolve issue of fallen windows

It is alarming that the number of fallen windows from HDB flats since 2005 to November this year has climbed to 753 cases (46 cases of fallen windows from Jan to Nov; Dec 13). There were no casualties from the cases this year. However, we should not bet on luck because a casement window falling from a high floor is potentially a killing missile. The problems must be fixed before an accident happens. Windows are integral parts of HDB flats. They are expected to last ......



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14 Dec 2018
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 0
Make HDB block numbers more prominent

Often, commuters in Housing Board estates expect to be picked up at their blocks within minutes of booking a ride on a ride-hailing app. This is usually not a problem for drivers when the signboards that are usually installed at entrances leading to the blocks can be read easily. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In some HDB estates, block numbers are printed in extremely small fonts on non-contrasting backgrounds, making them difficult to d......



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02 Nov 2018
Housing Development Board
Negative View - 0
Still in the dark about emergency lighting in HDB blocks

HDB has yet to clarify the issue of fitting emergency lighting in HDB blocks (System needed to ensure all blocks meet emergency requirements; Oct 10). Neither did the Singapore Civil Defence Force's (SCDF's) reply fully address Mr Thomas Reginald Vernon's contention that many HDB point blocks still have no emergency lights (Emergency lights will be checked again; Oct 23). SCDF said "a building's fire safety provisions need to be reviewed only if major upgrading work......



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13 Oct 2018
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 0
Burden of maintaining racial quota should not lie on minority sellers

I read with great interest the article on the Housing Board ethnic quota (HDB ethnic quota: Tough sell for owners of minority race; Oct 7). I have two alternative suggestions that could improve the current situation. First, if the minority quota in a given block or neighbourhood falls too low, all sellers - not just the minority sellers - in that block or neighbourhood should be restricted to selling to only minorities. This spreads out the burden of ......



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03 Oct 2018
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 1
More protection from irresponsible neighbours needed

Despite all the rules and regulations that Housing Board residents must follow, these rules do not seem to offer adequate protection from irresponsible or unreasonable neighbours. For example, I have a nightmarish neighbour who lives above me. Every weekend, I can hear the children in that apartment running around for almost the entire day. On weekdays, someone there also plays the guitar loudly during the stipulated hours. While none of these actions violate HDB ru......



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20 Sep 2018
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 0
Equip HDB estates with standby generators

Singapore experienced its worst power disruption in 14 years during the wee hours of Tuesday. I was among the 146,797 residential and commercial customers affected by the episode, which made me realise how we often take our power supply for granted (147,000 affected by power disruption; Sept 19). Although power was restored within half an hour or thereabouts, it would be better if there was no disruption in the first place. This could be achieved with......



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14 Sep 2018
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 0
Banning not the solution to everything

There have been numerous calls to the authorities and in the media for a ban on smoking in HDB flats and condominiums. If we do have a rule to ban one from smoking in his own house, who knows what will be next. There may be calls to ban pets in homes, as animal furmay trigger a neighbour's allergies, or banning people from cooking spicy food or frying belachan (dried fermented shrimp paste) or fish, because the smell can cause some to feel nauseous (Consider rule to......



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13 Sep 2018
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 0
Don't misread info about fewer smoking complaints

The report (Complaints on cigarette smoke drifting into homes halve in 5 years; Sept 11) should not be misinterpreted. Halving of complaints does not imply halving of "smoke drift" problems in residential estates. If the National Environment Agency keeps telling people that it hasno jurisdiction over private residences and that smokers have a right to smoke within their own homes, people will eventually stop lodging complaints. My family has been suff......



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13 Sep 2018
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 0
Take bold step to curb second-hand smoke

I appreciate the Government's efforts to curb the harmful effects of smoking (NEA officers get more powers to investigate smoking violations; Sept 11). However, I'm disappointed that despite the calls from some MPs for the Government to take stronger action against smokers in residential flats whose second-hand smoke affects their neighbours, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor said "such an intrusive regulatory approach to tackling neighbourly issues could ultimately be ......



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12 Sep 2018
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 0
Consider rule to ban smoking in one's apartment

I am a Housing Board flat resident who suffers from the effects of second-hand smoke from inconsiderate neighbours living below. Numerous attempts to resolve the problem have failed. We end up having to seal our windows because we are helpless without any regulation in place. The harmful effects of second-hand smoke, especially to young children, are well known. So, what Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor said is somewhat surp......



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12 Sep 2018
Housing Development Board
Suggestion View - 2
Medical bills loom, but unable to sell flat

I concur with Ms J. M. Daniel (Flexibility needed for minority-race flat owners; Sept 7). I am visually handicapped and undergoing kidney dialysis, which is a very expensive lifelong affair that has taken a toll on my family's finances. My mother and my late father had no insurance and had their own medical issues, resulting in hefty medical bills. My sister is the sole breadwinner. She is nearing retirement. Thus, we have planned to do......



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