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Minister of State for National Development Maliki Osman said 630 HDB rental tenants have progressed to own a home in 2011 and 2012.
SINGAPORE: Minister of State for National Development Maliki Osman said 630 HDB rental tenants have progressed to own a home in 2011 and 2012.
He said the HDB has various measures to help households own their homes.
There are currently 48,200 households living in HDB rental flats and their average length of stay is 11 years.
Dr Maliki was replying to a question in Parliament by MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Zainal Sapari on issues of HDB rental flats.
He said there are 1,900 registered applicants waiting to be allocated a rental flat.
Dr Maliki added that since 2011, HDB has received 23,900 applications.
However, 13,700 applicants are not eligible because most of them could afford to purchase a small flat or had family support.
The government had previously announced the supply of rental flats will be ramped up to 60,000 units by 2017.
MP for Jurong GRC, David Ong said there are some HDB blocks that have a lot of empty units of rental flats. He asked if the ministry can expeditiously allocate these units.
Dr Maliki replied: "The member mentioned we see empty flats available but it doesn't mean they're not being allocated - it is being allocated. Sometimes, flats are affected by EIP (Ethnic Integration Policy) or ethnic quotas, but we try to allocate to the eligible or those families who are on the queue as soon as we can.
"We have actually reduced the duration waiting time in the queue, from 21 months to an average of seven-and-a-half months, for them to be allocated those rental flats."