12 Jan '11, 2am

Singapore | No refund for HDB flat applicants

SINGAPORE - The Housing and Development Board (HDB) cannot refund unsuccessful new flat applicants their administrative fee as costs are incurred even if they are unsuccessful. Responding to a suggestion by West Coast GRC MP Ho Geok Choo, Senior Minister of State (National Development) Grace Fu said in Parliament yesterday that the $10 fee is to defray the cost of holding the sale exercises. From 2008 to last year, the HDB collected about $790,000 annually in administrative fees. If a refund was not possible, Madam Ho suggested that the HDB consider carrying forward the administrative fees paid by unsuccessful applicants to the next and subsequent rounds until they succeeded in selecting a flat. But Ms Fu pointed out the HDB would need to verify the eligibility of every person listed in each application for subsidised housing. It would then need to decide the priority sche...

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