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Opinion
 
EYE ON SINGAPORE

3-room BTO flats for singles - not now, but not never

The needs of other groups arguably come first, but situation can change

Published on Apr 10, 2014 12:06 PM
 
-- ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

ONCE, single Singaporeans could not buy a Housing Board flat. Not a new, subsidised one. Not one on the resale market.

Then, in 1991, the rules changed. Those aged at least 35 could buy three-room or smaller resale flats. In 2004, resale flats of any size were open to them.

However, the biggest shift came last July, when the Government allowed singles to buy new, subsidised two-room flats as solo purchasers.

And now, in no time at all, the bar of public expectations has been raised further. Singles are now asking, as two did in letters to The Straits Times Forum page: "When can we buy three-room subsidised flats?"

 
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