Owners and tenants can rent out their living quarters for residential and commercial use. From 1 May 2018, the maximum number of (sub)tenants/occupiers permitted for 3-room and bigger living quarters is six (6). The maximum number of (sub)tenants/occupiers for 1-room and 2-room living quarters is four (4).
Owners and tenants who want to rent out their living quarters need to submit an application through GoBusiness Licensing for approval before doing so. An administrative fee of $100 (excluding GST) is payable with each application.
Find out more information on renting out your living quarters.
You can also find out how to use your shop’s living quarters as a home office.
Living quarters of our commercial units can be used for business registration under the Home Office Scheme. Here are the eligibility conditions and guidelines.
To find out more, you can also check out further details on the Home Office Scheme.
You need to meet the following conditions to qualify for the Home Office Scheme.
You must be the owner, tenant, or subtenant of the HDB commercial unit. You also need to be 18 years old and above.
Your business must be registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) unless it is exempted under the Business Registration Act.
If you prefer, you can apply for a Licence for Home Office Scheme before registering your business with ACRA. In such cases, please select your profile as "Individual (I am an applicant not representing any company or applying on behalf of any other people)" before you complete the application. You can subsequently register you business at a later stage.
Your business and/ or its activities must not:
Your business must abide by these safety requirements:
Note: This FSSD safety requirement is mandatory as the papers, files, and office equipment in a home office pose a slightly higher risk than those of an ordinary dwelling, thus the need for a fire extinguisher and smoke detector in place. If you have any enquiries on the fire safety requirements, please email SCDF_qp_consultant@scdf.gov.sg
The mode of business can be a sole-proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, or private limited company.
The Home Office Scheme allows a maximum of 2 non-residents to work in the living quarters. There is no limit on the number of employees for the business/ company.
The non-residents can be partners, shareholders, directors of the business, or employees.
Here is a list of HDB shopping and office complexes.
You can rent a unit from our tenant or shop owner. These are the application instructions and conditions.
Here are details on the criteria and procedure to take over an HDB commercial unit from an existing tenant.