Prime Location Public Housing

The Prime Location Public Housing (PLH) model ensures that new public housing built in prime, central locations like the city centre and the Greater Southern Waterfront will remain affordable and accessible for Singaporeans. The PLH model was developed after extensive engagements with the public, experts, and industry stakeholders.

Here are the key features of the PLH model:

Eligibility conditions

You must meet the eligibility conditions to buy a PLH flat.

The eligibility conditions for buying new and resale PLH flats are the same as the eligibility conditions for buying new flats from HDB.

Subsidy recovery upon resale

As PLH flats are priced with additional subsidies on top of the significant subsidies that HDB provides in pricing new flats for sale, the additional subsidies provided at first sale will be recovered upon resale of the flats.

Upon selling the flat^, you must return a percentage of the resale price* of the flat to HDB. The subsidy recovery percentage commensurate with the extent of the additional subsidy provided. Details will be provided when the projects under PLH are launched for sale.

^ Not applicable to 2-room Flexi flats sold on short-lease.
* Where HDB assesses that a flat valuation is required, the subsidy recovery will be a percentage of the higher of the valuation and the resale price of the flat.

Priority allocation quota

The proportion of flats set aside for households applying for flats to live with or near their parents/ married child under the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) will be reviewed and adjusted depending on the location of the project.

The priority allocation quota is adjusted to make public housing in prime locations more inclusive, and provides more opportunities to Singaporeans whose family members do not live near the area to also live in these neighbourhoods. Details will be provided when the projects under PLH are launched for sale.

Conditions after purchase

There are conditions that apply after you buy a PLH flat.

To safeguard PLH flats for Singaporeans with genuine housing needs and strengthen the owner-occupation intent, all (i.e. new and resale) PLH flat owners will have to meet the following ownership conditions.

Minimum occupation period (MOP)

You must occupy the new/ resale PLH flat for at least 10 years before you may sell it on the open market or invest in a private residential property.

Rental conditions

You may rent out your spare bedrooms+, but you cannot rent out the whole flat even after the MOP.

+ Not allowed for 1 or 2-room flats.

Read the conditions that apply to flat owners and occupiers.

Projects under PLH

Information on the PLH projects will be available when they are offered for sale.

Details of projects under the PLH model, where applicable, including information on the percentage of subsidy recovery and the MCPS allocation quota, will be available at the sales launch.

You can visit the HDB Flat Portal to find out more about the current and upcoming sales launches, as well as apply for a flat online during the application period after a sales launch is announced. If you wish to be notified of the sales launches, subscribe to HDB e-Alert Service.

Learn about applying for a new flat and the priority schemes available.

Frequently asked questions

Commonly asked questions on submitting a flat application via our public sales exercises.

Q1 I have an existing flat application in an earlier sales exercise. However, I have not booked a flat. Can I still apply for the PLH flats?

If you have existing flat applications, you may apply for a new sales exercise as long as you have not booked a flat. Should you manage to book a flat, your other applications will be cancelled automatically.

To manage repeated non-selection of flats which will deprive other applicants with urgent housing needs, please note that application restrictions will apply if you choose not to book a BTO or SBF flat twice when you have a chance to do so.

We thus strongly encourage applicants to book a flat at the first opportunity when they are invited by HDB to do so.

Q2 Can I submit more than 1 application if I am interested in the PLH flats and a flat in another town or flat type?

You can only submit 1 application for 1 town and 1 flat type during the sales launch.

If there is a concurrent SBF exercise, you can only submit an application for either the Build-To-Order (BTO) or Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercise. You cannot apply to both BTO and SBF exercises in the same launch.

Q3 How can I change the town or flat type of my flat application in the BTO exercise to the PLH flat?

You must first cancel your existing application and then submit a new application before the application period closes. You must pay the administrative fee of $10 for any new application.

You are not allowed to make changes to your applied town or flat type once the application is submitted.

Q4 Do I have to pay a resale levy?

If you had previously enjoyed any housing subsidy, you must pay a resale levy to purchase a flat from HDB. Find out more about resale levy.

Read buying procedure for new flats on the process for buying a flat from HDB.