More traffic issues with more tenants in private homes

While I agree with Ms Chiang Kah Peng that large landed houses can accommodate more tenants than apartment units, there are other issues to consider (Big houses can accommodate more tenants; June 13).

These big houses could, for instance, become hostels for various companies to house their staff.

Such units could become eyesores or unhygienic dwellings in estates where families take pride in their clean, neat surroundings and garden-like ambience.

But a greater concern would be the increase in vehicles parking in the narrow one-lane streets so characteristic of many private estates.

Many residents already park their vehicles indiscriminately and dangerously.

So, one can imagine how unsightly the roads will become with more trucks, vans, buses and bicycles added into the mix by a company or its staff.

Then there are also drivers who do not park their vehicles close to the kerb, thus rendering the narrow lanes impassable to traffic.

While rental income is important for such private property owners, they should also consider the quality of life in their estates.

Ong Hui Lin (Madam)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2017, with the headline 'More traffic issues with more tenants in private homes'. Print Edition | Subscribe