The scheme is created to address the needs of singles, elderly individual and young families that do not have children yet.
The purchase and ownership conditions vary. Seniors, for example, qualify for their flat under the Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) two-room Flexi Scheme. Seniors are also free to pick the length of flat lease.
Prior to the change introduced in 2013, senior Singaporeans were solely entitled to acquiring a resale flat.
HDB announced that the supply of two-room flats has remained steady ever since the introduction of the regulatory changes. Since 2014, the average has been about 4,000 units per annum. The increase announced now is to accommodate for the growing interest in smaller properties. HDB reported that the additional two-bedroom flats will be launched as a part of upcoming May and August BTO exercises.
The HDB is tasked with the ongoing monitoring of housing needs in Singapore. Because more singles are looking forward to home ownership, the availability of more two-room BTO flats was announced for the exercises coming up in 2020.
In addition, HDB has undertaken several other initiatives to support flat ownership among younger people who are still single.
Those who acquired a flat before September 11, 2019 benefited from a housing grant of up to 40,000 dollars. This funding was comprised of an Additional Central Provident Fund grant (up to 20,000 dollars) and a Special CFT Housing Grant (also up to 20,000 dollars).
The monthly income ceiling requirement was also changed in September 2019. It was increased from 6,000 to 7,000 dollars for eligible first-time buyers who are single and aged 35 or older.
Singapore’s population is growing, which means that the share of singles is also increasing. As a result, official entities like the HDB need to conceptualise new housing policies that cater to the needs of this growing segment. According to official research, the number of single Singaporeans was 918,700 people in 2008. It has reached 1.057 million people in 2018 – an increase of approximately 15 per cent.