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Singapore’s triumph over their housing problems through the Housing Development Board

housing-development-boardSingapore is a beautiful island city that is endowed with many awesome attractions that would make anyone want to live in this urban city. Singapore is a very well managed city with the Singapore governments often winning accolades for great performance. Singapore is a place where one can for example enjoy great green environments, good infrastructure, good business environment and good housing.

Housing is one of the greatest coups that the Singaporean government has been able to manage. Faced with the enormous task of housing millions of people in a small area at cheap costs remains a great feat envied by many countries around the world.

Singapore has a large ever growing population but it is a small land. In the past, due to the high cost of housing as provided by the private sector, slums were rapidly coming up in the island. To stop this trend, the government decided taking up the responsibility of providing affordable quality houses for the low income earners. The government formed the Housing Development Board to drive this initiative.

The HDB has effectively tackled this problem by building enormous high rises that are packed to accommodate very many housing units. One HDB flat can house hundreds of people. The HDB flats are not only affordable but they are well built to provide all the necessary amenities required in a residential housing structure. This includes things like consistent piped water, electric power, proper sewerage, good ventilation, and sufficient living room.

At first the housing schemes were designed for the low earning population. These new houses were not to be availed to the upper class who could take the opportunity to have a cheap residence. At first also, the people were only allowed to rent the units.

With time the HDB found the need to build units that could be used by people in the middle and upper class. These units were built with more advanced and more luxurious amenities. They were also more expensive. The HDB also came up with policies that allowed the people renting the units to be able to buy the units they were currently renting. The rules formulated by the HDB basically stated that one could buy a house after having lived in it under rental terms for a given amount of time.

HDB houses in Singapore are strictly developed for Singaporeans. Foreigners or people who are not citizens of Singapore are generally not allowed to own HDB flat units. Foreigners such as students, expatriates, and tourists can however still manage to rent a HDB unit after following some of the set regulations and getting permission from the authorities.

Despite the great cost relief provided by the HDB apartments, life is still hard and money is hard to come by. As such, many people living in the HDB apartments opt to let out some of the rooms in their houses. This is a way of earning an extra buck to help settle the rent or to meet other needs.

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