Renting Out of Living Quarters

You can rent out the living quarters of HDB commercial units for residential use or commercial use. Please note that there are no living quarters for units in HDB shopping complexes.

Residential Use

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). The rental period for each (sub)tenant must be more than 6 months; short-term stays are not allowed.

The (sub)tenants must be:

  1. Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents; or
  2. Non-Citizens who are residing legally in Singapore, and holding Employment Passes, S-Passes, Work Permits*, Student Passes, Dependant Passes, or Long-Term Social Visit Passes. The passes must have a validity period of at least 6 months as at the date of application to HDB**
  3. Use the living quarters only for residential purpose
  4. Renting out of the living quarters on a short-term basis for non-residential use, for example, to tourists, for filming or goods storage, is also not allowed
* Work permit holders from the Construction, Manufacturing, Marine and Process sectors must be Malaysians
** Tourists are not allowed to rent the living quarters of HDB Commercial Properties


When you rent out your living quarters, you also need to ensure your (sub)tenants do not cause any nuisance, such as noise, or other inconveniences to neighbouring units. Applications to rent out the living quarters may be submitted online via GoBusiness Licensing. Please refer here for a step by step guide. An administrative fee of $100 (excluding GST) is payable with each application.

Note: Where the renting out of an HDB commercial property is by an owner, the word 'tenant' shall apply. Otherwise, the word 'subtenant' shall apply.

Commercial Use

Living quarters can be rented out for commercial use, subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. The area to be rented out must not be more than 50% of the trading area
  2. The rent is subject to HDB's revision (for rental shops)
  3. Any change of use of the living quarters for commercial purpose is on a temporary basis
  4. The change must comply with statutory requirements (e.g. fire safety, structural safety)
You can obtain approval from us by:
  1. Using GoBusiness Licensing (for rental shops)
  2. Writing to us, and include the details of the tenants (for sold shops)
You need to ensure that the business operations do not cause any nuisance, such as noise, or other inconveniences to neighbouring units.

Administrative fees

These are the administrative fees:

  • $107 (inclusive of GST) for the balance term
  • $214 (inclusive of GST) for a fresh term and a change of use of living quarters to non-residential use