HDB to set aside proportion of flat supply for families that want to live near each other

Newly-completed Build-To-Order (BTO) flats at the Edgefield Plains. Up to 30 per cent of the flat supply of BTO and Sale of Balance flats will be set aside for families that want to live near each other. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Newly-completed Build-To-Order (BTO) flats at the Edgefield Plains. Up to 30 per cent of the flat supply of BTO and Sale of Balance flats will be set aside for families that want to live near each other. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Families wishing to live near each other will get more help from next week, as the Housing Board sets aside a portion of new flats for parents and their married children.

Under an enhanced Married Child Priority Scheme, up to 30 per cent of the Build-To-Order (BTO) and Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) supply will go to first-timer families, said the HDB in a statement on Friday. Up to 15 per cent will also be set aside for second-timer families.

First priority will also be given to two groups of applicants - parents and married children who apply to live together under one roof, as well as parents who own a flat in a mature estate and who apply for a BTO flat near their married children in a non-mature estate.

Previously, families who wanted to live with or near each other received extra ballot chances for new flat applications under the scheme. This move from chance-based to quota-based priority will take effect from next week's BTO and SBF exercises.

The HDB added that scheme applicants make up about one quarter of flat bookings at each exercise, and that this enhancement will offer them "significantly higher chances of success".

Next week, HDB will put up for sale 4,277 BTO flats in Sembawang, Sengkang, Tampines and Yishun, as well as 3,000 SBF flats.

Enquiries may be directed to the HDB at 1800 8663066 or hdbsales@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg

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