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Feb 13 2017

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Housing

Singapore may be small but not when it comes to the range of comfortable residences available.

Wide Selection of Accommodation

Condominiums are a popular choice with both locals and non-locals. The vast range of facilities, from swimming pool and gym to round-the-clock security and scenic surroundings, provide for a comfortable lifestyle, especially for families. For a listing of condominiums, click here .

Serviced apartments are a convenient alternative. Apart from the usual condominium facilities, value-added services such as a cleaning service, laundry and room service are usually included. Some serviced apartments include:

For a listing of serviced apartments available, click here .

If your preference is for landed property, you will find that there is a fair variety in Singapore. Landed property includes bungalows, semi-detached houses, terrace houses, cluster houses and townhouses. You may click here to search for landed property in Singapore.

A unique type of Singapore housing are the black and white bungalows, which were houses built during Singapore’s colonial past and are now owned by the government. These houses are very airy, roomy and sometimes come double-storied with servants’ quarters. These bungalows have no facilities but are popular with expatriates for their size and quaint feel – the catch is that they are few and far between. You might want to try your luck at snagging one via Premas or through one of the many Singapore expatriate websites.

An exclusive guidebook on housing in Singapore is also available in the Contact Singapore members’ portal, which you can access upon registration .

Renting a Property

There are no restrictions on non-citizens renting a residential unit. Most who are new to Singapore engage a housing agent to source for a property that meets their needs. Or if you prefer, you may like to browse the local newspapers’ classifieds section which advertises a list of private apartments, condominiums and houses for rent in Singapore. However, engaging a housing agent better ensures that your interests are protected, especially with regards to the lease.

Click here for a list of accredited housing agents in Singapore.

The cost of renting a place depends on:

  • Location. Popular residential areas in Singapore are Districts 9, 10 and 11. which are close to the Central Business District. Areas close to MRT stations and the new waterfront along the Singapore River are quickly gaining in popularity too.
  • Size and condition of the place.
  • Amenities. Condominiums with full facilities may command a higher price. Rent also depends on whether the place is furnished, partially furnished or unfurnished.

These are the steps in renting a place:

  • Sign a lease with the owner, the terms of which are agreed between the two parties. Most landlords and housing agents ask to see your Employment Pass before agreeing to the lease.
  • Sign an inventory listing of all the items provided by the owner, including their condition.
  • Usually, a deposit or “security bond” equivalent to one month’s rent is required for leases that are over a year.
  • Rental usually excludes utility bills but includes maintenance fees.

Approximate rental costs are:





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