Guidelines for Renting Out Rooms

This section contains guidelines for subletting of bedrooms.
  • Eligibility conditions : Flat owners
  • Number of bedrooms and occupants allowed for subletting
  • Eligibility conditions : Subtenants
  • Registration of subletting
  • Failure to Register
  • Maximum subletting period
  • Terms & conditions
  • Online registration

Eligibility Conditions: Flat Owners

1. You are allowed to sublet your bedrooms if you own a 3-room or bigger flat.
  • No prior approval from HDB is required for subletting of the bedrooms. However, flat owners who sublet bedrooms in their HDB flats will have to register with HDB within 7 days from the commencement date of the subletting. They are also required to notify HDB when they renew or terminate the subletting of bedrooms, and when there are changes to their subtenants' particulars within 7 days from their occurrence.
  • Flat owners must comply with HDB’s subletting rules and regulations.

2. Owners of 1 and 2-room flats are not allowed to sublet their bedrooms.

Number of Bedrooms and Occupants Allowed for Subletting

The number of bedrooms which flat owners can sublet and the maximum number of occupants* allowed in each flat depends on the flat type as shown below.

Flat Type
Maximum Number of Bedrooms# Allowed for Subletting
Maximum Number of Occupants*
Allowed in Each Flat
1 bedroom
6 persons
2 bedrooms
9 persons
2 bedrooms
9 persons
2 bedrooms
9 persons
* includes owners, authorised occupants and subtenants
# living room, household shelters and utility room cannot be sublet

Eligibility Conditions : Subtenants

Subtenants must be :
a. Singapore Citizens; or
b. Singapore Permanent Residents; or
c. Non-Citizens legally residing in Singapore who are holders of Employment Passes, S Passes, Work Permits*, Student Passes, Dependant Passes, or Long-Term Social Visit Passes. These passes must have a validity period of at least 6 months as at the date of subletting registration**.
*Work Permit Holders from Construction, Marine and Process sectors must be Malaysians.
**Tourist are not allowed to rent HDB flats.

Immigration status of non-citizen subtenants may be verified using the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority's iEnquiry website. You may also check the Employment Pass and S Pass validity using MOM’s website.

Tenancy/Property Ownership Status
a. Subtenants must not be tenants/owners of other HDB flats except for :
      • Tenants/owners who are divorced/legally separated.
      - Only one of the divorced/legally separated parties may be a subtenant
      • Owners who are eligible to sublet their whole HDB flat
      -They must sublet their own flat within 1 month after having rented a flat/bedroom from another flat owner.
b. Subtenants must not be owners of Executive Condominium units where the 5-year minimum occupation period has not been met.
c. Subtenants must not be tourists.

Registration of Subletting

a. You must register the subletting with HDB within 7 days from the commencement date of the subletting.
b. You are also required to notify HDB of the subsequent renewal and termination of the subletting and changes to your subtenants or subtenants’ particulars within 7 days from the dates of the events.
c. You must provide your subtenants’ particulars and other subletting details at the time of registration and inform HDB of any subsequent changes.

Failure to Register

If you did not register the subletting of bedrooms with HDB and inform HDB of subsequent changes (termination, renewal of subletting and changes to subtenants or subtenants’ particulars) within the stipulated grace period, the subletting of bedrooms will be considered unauthorised and HDB can take action against you which includes the imposition of penalty.

Period of Subletting

Owners are not allowed to sublet their bedrooms on a short term basis. The period of subletting to each subtenant per application must not be less than 6 months.

Maximum Subletting Period

The maximum subletting period allowed is 3 years per registration or as indicated in the letter of acknowledgement, whichever is shorter. However, for subletting involving non-Malaysian Non-Citizen subtenants, the period of subletting per registration is 1.5 years or as stipulated in the letter of acknowledgement, whichever is shorter. Non-Citizens refer to Singapore Permanent Residents and foreigners. You are required to register each time you sublet your bedrooms or when you renew the subletting tenancy.

Terms & Conditions

1. Flat owners and their authorised occupiers must continue to live in the flat with the subtenants during the period of subletting. In the event that the flat owners and authorised occupiers do not live in the flat, the registration for the subletting of rooms shall be revoked automatically and the subletting will be deemed as subletting of the whole flat without HDB’s approval and appropriate action will be taken against the flat owners under the Housing & Development Act.
2. As a flat owner subletting your bedroom, you will be responsible for making sure that:
    • The bedroom is sublet to eligible subtenants only.
    • There is no overcrowding and that the number of subtenants do not exceed the maximum number allowed.
    • Your subtenant do not further sublet the bedrooms to other persons.
    • Your subtenants have entered and are remaining in Singapore lawfully at all times while the subletting is in force.
    • Your subtenants comply with all the covenants in the lease and the provisions of the Housing & Development Act and that you are responsible for all infringements, if any, committed by them.
3. Owners are responsible for surrendering the flat to HDB if the flat is repossessed by HDB.

Online Registration

You must register your subletting with HDB. You can register online at My HDBPage.
Last Updated on 30 Apr 2015