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Significant HDB help for divorcees

With the backlog of flats for new families mostly cleared, the Housing Board has turned more of its attention to other groups. This week, it reversed a policy introduced 21 years ago to prevent couples from gaming the system and owning multiple flats.

On Tuesday, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong announced that divorcees no longer have to wait three years to apply for a subsidised flat. Instead, each former spouse can buy a subsidised flat as soon as the divorce is finalised, so long as they meet the qualifying requirements.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2018, with the headline 'Significant HDB help for divorcees'. Subscribe