27 Feb '14, 4am

Ignorance on illegal subletting not an excuse: HDB #PR

The housing board has reminded flat owners that it is their responsibility “to ensure that the flat is sublet only to authorised subtenants and that there is no overcrowding”. In a media report, a HDB spokesperson explained that subtenants who further sublet the flat to others could also find themselves in trouble, as they would be blacklisted or barred from renting HDB flats for five years. “We will not hesitate to take stern action against the flat owner if the subletting rules are flouted,” he said. The Housing and Development Act states that those convicted of illegal subletting can be jailed for six months, fined up to $5,000, or both. Being unaware of the rules is not a valid excuse in the eyes of the law, since the issue is “clear cut”, said real estate lawyer Norman Ho of Rodyk & Davidson. “The one who will get into trouble is the flat owner. He doesn't have to do ...

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