08 Feb '11, 1pm

URA to end use of misleading showflats

SINGAPORE: The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has plans to clamp down on developers who use misleading showflats to lure flat buyers. Replying to queries from Channel NewsAsia, URA said it is reviewing the law -- the Housing Developers (Control & Licensing) Act and Housing Developers Rules -- governing housing developers so that flat buyers have more accurate information on housing projects. According to analysts, misrepresentations could include missing structural walls and rooms that look larger than what buyers will eventually get. SLP International research head Nicholas Mak said: "In order to make some of their smaller apartments larger than what they are in the show flat, (developers) may exercise certain creative interior design". Mr Mak said this includes replacing a partition wall with a glass door. A local newspaper reported Tuesday that the new rules would ...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporebusinessn...

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