Flat eligible for sale after seller's status updated to executor

We refer to Ms See Swee Tin's letter (System problems blocking sale of flat; June 22).

In order to register the intent to sell a Housing Board flat in the resale market, sellers must be flat owners or administrators/ executors of an HDB flat. The five-year minimum occupation period (MOP) must also be met.

Ms See's mother, who was the sole owner of her flat, passed away before she could fulfil the MOP for the flat. In order for Ms See to sell her late mother's flat, the flat had to first be vested in her, and her name reflected in our system as the executor of her mother's will. Thereafter, arrangements also had to be made to enable her to sell the flat within the MOP.

As Ms See had attempted to register her intent to sell the flat before the transmission to vest the flat in her was completed, she was unable to proceed with her registration in the HDB resale portal.

Following Ms See's feedback on June 12, we contacted her to complete the transmission, so that we could update her status as the executor of her late mother's estate in our record. This step was completed on June 18, based on Ms See's earliest availability.

On June 20, she successfully registered her intent to sell the flat on the HDB resale portal.

We will continue to review our procedures for processing resale transactions such as Ms See's, with a view to enhance and expedite them for the convenience of flat buyers and sellers.

Christopher Lim

General Manager (Punggol Branch)

Housing & Development Board

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2018, with the headline 'Flat eligible for sale after seller's status updated to executor'. Subscribe