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3Gen flats? No thanks, we'd rather live on our own

Young couples cite privacy concerns in MND dialogue, echoing online poll

Published on Jun 9, 2014 7:30 AM
The three-generation flats come with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. -- PHOTO: HOUSING BOARD

Young couples taking part in a dialogue on housing were largely against living in new jumbo-sized flats with their parents after marriage, echoing the preliminary results of an online poll that showed most young couples would rather live on their own.

Most of the 20 couples taking part in the Ministry of National Development (MND) session were worried about the lack of privacy of such three-generation (3Gen) flats.

"Personally I value freedom and I want my own space," said chemist Toh Ke Min, 24, who took part in last Saturday's event, the first of three conversations held to find out how housing policies can help draw families closer.

Her boyfriend, transport operations officer Quah Hai Hui, 26, shared her sentiment.

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Background story

Promoting multi-generational living

THREE-GENERATION (3Gen) flats were first launched during a Build-To-Order (BTO) exercise last September, to encourage multiple generations to live under one roof.

The flat type comes with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. At 115 sq m, it is about 5 sq m larger than a five-room unit.

Applicants need to comprise at least a married or courting couple and their parents, or a divorced or widowed person with child and their parents.

Rooms cannot be sublet during the five-year minimum occupation period. Such flats can be resold in the open market, but only to other eligible multi-generational families.

There was 100 per cent take-up for the first project in Yishun, which offered 84 of such flats.

There have been 960 applications for the 368 3Gen flats offered across the five BTO exercises from September to last month.