URA acts against 44 unlawful short-term subletting cases

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) took adjustment action against 44 circumstances of unauthorised short-term subletting in privately owned residential areas in the first of all six months on this year, whilst its review in short-term visits in these areas is still recurring.

This was a growth from thirty eight cases in 2014 and 23 circumstances in 2015.

These quotes came from the Ministry of National Creation (MND), which will also noted the activities it has considered against errant home owners and an update upon its review in written response to queries from Member of Parliament Lim Wee Kiak.

“Once URA confirms a case of unauthorised short-term subletting, it transmits an enforcement notice to the offender needing the unauthorised use to stop. In the vast majority of instances, offenders have got complied with URA’s updates and there has been no need to embark on further action against them, ” MND said.

There is absolutely no conclusion yet to the hotly debated subject of the home-sharing economy. Current URA recommendations that require non-public residential properties to become rented out for no less than six months still apply. Private home offenders can be fined up to S$200, 000 and jailed for up to a year.

MND reiterated that the issue of short-term rentals arrest warrants a cautious and balanced review without a rush to conclude. “In particular, we must cautiously consider the implications of doing so , provided the potential influence and disamenity of this kind of rentals upon neighbouring residents, ” MND said.

A public discussion exercise by URA that started in January 2015 was concluded in April a similar year. More than a year on, the URA experienced said that it needs more time to consider the problem.

For HDB flats, however , the Casing & Advancement Board (HDB) has no intend to review the short-term stay rules, which usually aim to pre-empt high turnover of occupants, which could affect the living environment of HDB residents.

While the jury continues to be out on URA’s decision, regional listings of residential products for short-term stay have got remained rampant on Airbnb and HomeAway. Some overnight accommodation service providers – which rent flats coming from landlords, provide the products and sublet them with limited services – also reportedly rent out products for less than six months.

Hoteliers are unhappy that such accommodations are not susceptible to the kind of basic safety regulations and business fees that they are susceptible to. This brings about commercially operate hotels incurring higher costs, so they may be unable to contend on cost with non-public room accommodations.