Living among tourists: Short-term home rentals thriving at People's Park Centre

Above: The exterior of People's Park Centre. Right: Within half an hour from 2pm on May 17, three people were seen with luggage entering and exiting the complex's residential lifts on the ground floor at different times. One of the residential floors
Within half an hour from 2pm on May 17, three people were seen with luggage entering and exiting the complex's residential lifts on the ground floor at different times. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Above: The exterior of People's Park Centre. Right: Within half an hour from 2pm on May 17, three people were seen with luggage entering and exiting the complex's residential lifts on the ground floor at different times. One of the residential floors
The exterior of People's Park Centre, where short-term home rentals have been thriving.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Above: The exterior of People's Park Centre. Right: Within half an hour from 2pm on May 17, three people were seen with luggage entering and exiting the complex's residential lifts on the ground floor at different times. One of the residential floors
One of the residential floors of People's Park Centre, a well-known Chinatown shopping landmark, where some units are allegedly being offered for short-term rental.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Amid the hustle and bustle at People's Park Centre, tourists dragging large pieces of luggage into and out of lifts to the 120 apartments that sit above the well-known Chinatown shopping landmark are a common sight.

Even though short-term stays of fewer than three months in private homes remain an offence under the Planning Act and the authorities have said they intend to step up enforcement, there are signs that such activity continues to thrive in parts of Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 26, 2019, with the headline 'Living among tourists'. Print Edition | Subscribe