Q: My wife recently became a Singapore citizen and wants to buy an HDB flat on her own. She plans to get married next year. Two years later, when her husband turns 35, will HDB restrict him from buying another flat under his own name?
A: As long as a couple is married, HDB allows only one HDB flat under their names.
Q: If both of them wait two years and each buy their own HDB flats before getting married, will HDB ask them to give up one unit?
A: Yes, HDB will typically require the couple to give up one of the units unless there are special reasons.
Navigating HDB Rules for Couples
Understanding the rules and regulations surrounding HDB flat ownership is essential, especially for couples planning their housing journey. Here are some key takeaways:
Married Couples and HDB Ownership: When a couple is legally married, regardless of their individual citizenship or age, they are generally allowed to own only one HDB flat in their names. This means that if one spouse already owns an HDB flat, the other spouse cannot purchase another HDB flat under their name.
Timing Matters: If both individuals plan to own HDB flats separately and then get married, it's important to note that HDB may require them to choose and retain only one unit after marriage. This is a standard policy aimed at ensuring that HDB flats are primarily for residential purposes and not for investment or speculation.
Special Reasons: In certain exceptional circumstances, HDB may allow a married couple to retain both HDB flats. These special reasons could include factors like medical or financial needs. However, such cases are subject to HDB's discretion and require a thorough review.
When it comes to HDB ownership and planning for the future, it's advisable to consult with HDB directly or seek guidance from a real estate professional who is well-versed in HDB regulations. This will help you make informed decisions that align with your housing goals while staying compliant with HDB policies.
Remember, understanding the rules and policies in advance can help you navigate the process smoothly and avoid any unexpected surprises in your homeownership journey.
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