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Short-term home rentals illegal, warn authorities

Housing rules here ban letting out of home or room for short stays

Published on Sep 10, 2013 7:55 AM
 
Rising numbers of holidaymakers around the world are using Internet booking sites to stay in homes as a cheaper, more interesting alternative to hotels, including in Singapore. But this is illegal here, the authorities have warned home owners. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Rising numbers of holidaymakers around the world are using Internet booking sites to stay in homes as a cheaper, more interesting alternative to hotels, including in Singapore.

But this is illegal here, the authorities have warned home owners. Renting out a room or a whole unit short-term is in breach of private and public housing rules, and owners can face tough penalties if they are caught doing so.

The Housing Board, which has stepped up enforcement on what it called "transient subletting" since the start of last year, noted that short-term home rental is a recent phenomenon.

Last year, it received 20 complaints from the public on short-term leasing. This year, in the first seven months, it had another 11 cases.

 
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