The HIP helps you resolve common maintenance problems of ageing flats such as spalling concrete. HIP works are carried out in a systematic and comprehensive way to minimise inconvenience to you.
Flats built up to 1986 that have not undergone the Main Upgrading Programme are eligible for the HIP. The HIP comprises 3 components – Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements. If your block votes in favour of the HIP, you will enjoy Essential Improvements that are important for public health and safety, and can also opt for Optional and EASE improvements.
There are 3 main components of works under the HIP: the Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements.
These compulsory improvements are considered necessary for public health, safety, and for technical reasons. They include:
*The pipes will only be changed if they are cast iron/ mixture of cast iron and UPVC/ UPVC if there are leaks and cracks – as stated in brochures.
You may choose any of the improvements below and pay for only your share of the improvement works carried out in your flat.
If you decide to opt out of the optional toilet upgrading, your toilets must pass a water test for leaks to prevent ceiling leaks in the flat below.
Here are examples of an HDB flat before and after the HIP works:
Take a look at this video to see how the HIP is carried out, and hear from residents who have benefitted from this programme.
To enhance the safety and comfort of seniors living in our flats, we have introduced EASE as an optional improvement. You may choose any of the following items based on your needs:
You do not need to wait for the HIP to come your way before enjoying EASE. The EASE (Direct Application) is offered to HDB flats in all towns, benefitting elderly residents who wish to have the improvements before the HIP, or whose blocks do not qualify for the HIP.
Find out more about EASE (Direct Application) or view this video for more information.
The construction period for a typical precinct comprising 8 to 10 blocks will take about 1.5 to 2 years. Works in each flat will take 10 days or less, depending on the improvements chosen.
The HIP will only proceed when at least 75% of a block’s eligible Singapore Citizen households have voted in favour of the HIP. Singapore Permanent Resident households are not eligible to poll.
Here is a demo on polling for the HIP. You can also check out the demo on polling for both the HIP and Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) if your block has been selected for the latter.
In each HIP precinct, a working committee will be formed to oversee the project. The committee is chaired by the adviser to the grassroots organisation and comprises representatives from the residents, grassroots leaders, HDB officials, and Town Council officials.
These are the payment schemes for Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident households.
The Government fully funds the essential improvements and subsidises a major portion of the optional improvements. These are the cost-sharing ratios and estimated amounts payable:
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Similarly, EASE is highly subsidised by the Government. If a resident selects all the EASE items, the cost would be about $2,500. As the Government subsidises up to 95% of the cost, Singapore Citizens would only need to pay from $125 to $312.50, depending on their flat type, as shown below.
Cost of EASE per flat
The Government pays
Singapore Citizens pay
(Maximum amount if all the items are opted for; prices shown are before GST)
For elderly residents living in HDB rental flats, the improvement items will be fully funded by the Government.
* All amounts stated are estimates and are subject to GST. The final amount will be determined only upon completion of the upgrading works.
You can use our HIP with EASE Financial Calculator to calculate the upgrading cost payable and monthly instalments.
Singapore Permanent Resident households have to pay the full upgrading cost. For optional improvements, they need not pay for items that they have opted out of.
However, they can be reimbursed with the upgrading subsidy and convert their interest scheme from market interest rate to a concessionary interest rate if a flat owner obtains Singapore citizenship within 1 year from the date of billing under these schemes:
Find out more details about the HIP for your precinct.
See which precincts have been shortlisted for the HIP polling.
Find out more about HIP in our HIP Guide.
There is no polling for the month.
The polling results determine whether a shortlisted precinct will undergo the HIP.
See which precincts have been scheduled for billing.
You can subscribe to our eAlert service to receive email notifications when a newly upgraded precinct is scheduled for billing. For precincts that are still undergoing upgrading, billing is not expected to take place within the next 3 months (subject to change).
Branch In Charge
Date of Billing
You will only need to pay the upgrading cost after the upgrading works in the precinct are completed and if you are the flat owner at the date of billing. Billing will only occur after the upgrading costs for the precinct and the flat owners' share of the upgrading costs are finalised.
The images in the information provided herein are for illustrative purposes and the actual improvements (including the colour, type, design, dimensions and specifications of the actual improvements) installed may differ from the improvements shown in the images in the information provided herein.
The time frame we give is an estimate and the information does not take into account any change that may occur subsequently. Please check with HDB on the exact billing date and if the information provided herein applies to your circumstances.
To seek clarification of the Content, please visit www.hdb.gov.sg to obtain HDB’s contact details.
For more information, you can refer to our HIP information booklet.