It is easy to find listings online for places that cater to various rental needs.
One listing in a Facebook group, in particular, caught the attention of more than just potential tenants who questioned: How can dis 🅱️ allow???
"Helper's room" for S$450 a month
On May 21, a listing for a room in a Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat in Punggol was put up on Facebook.
Its monthly rental price is S$450.
The pictures show a desk and a closet under a bunk bed, similar to those furniture retailed in IKEA for children or young adults under the age of 18.
In addition to the promise of being registered as an authorised tenant with HDB, the room without a window is touted as a "helper's room" that the tenant can move into immediately.
The listing also states that there is no air-conditioning but a fan is provided.
The pictures show a blue fan on the top bunk and a smaller fan on the desk beneath it.
Here is the translation for the rest of the details:
- Male applicants only
- Inclusive of water and electricity usage
- Access to washing machine, refrigerator, and water heater
- Light cooking allowed (tidying and cleaning after is mandatory)
- Six-minute walk to Punggol MRT station and bus interchange
- 10-minute walk to Waterway Point
- Able to walk to 24-hour coffee shop and supermarket across the road
- Room includes single bed, mattress, closet, desk, chair
- No owner/ middleman fees
- No smoking in the apartment
While this may not sound like a terrible deal to some, a Facebook user left a comment, "Bomb shelter 450?", highlighting that the landlord is renting out what looks like a bomb shelter.
According to HDB regulations, only bedrooms originally constructed by HDB can be rented out.
Renting out an utility room, bomb shelter, or storeroom in an HDB flat is illegal.
Landlords are also required to submit an online application to rent out bedrooms and seek HDB's approval before the tenancy commences.
Top images via Facebook.