Landlord and Tenants during HIP

Landlord and Tenants during HIP

Are you a homeowner awaiting your Housing Improvement Programme (HIP) upgrade and wondering how it will impact your daily life? Here are some common questions answered to help you better understand the process:

Question 1: Can Residents Stay During the Upgrade?

Many homeowners worry about whether they can continue living in their flats during the HIP upgrade. The answer is yes, residents can usually stay in their flats. However, it's essential to note that the process can be dusty and disruptive due to the renovation work taking place.

Question 2: Is Compensation Provided to Tenants?

Homeowners who are renting out their flats may wonder if they need to compensate their tenants for the inconvenience caused by the HIP upgrade. While there is no official requirement to provide compensation, some landlords opt to offer compensation out of goodwill. For example, they may hire a professional cleaning company to thoroughly clean the flat once the upgrade is completed. The cost of such services can vary depending on the size of the flat and the extent of the cleaning required.


  • Residents can typically stay in their flats during the HIP upgrade, although it may be dusty and disruptive.
  • Compensation for tenants during the upgrade is not mandatory, but some landlords choose to offer it as a goodwill gesture.
  • Consider hiring a professional cleaning service at the end of the HIP period to maintain a positive landlord-tenant relationship and ensure the flat is returned to its original condition.

If you have further questions or concerns about the HIP upgrade process, don't hesitate to reach out to your HDB branch or consult with a real estate professional for assistance.

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