Investment The Key Things To Prepare For When Inheriting Property In Singapore

  • August 14, 2020
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Ryan J

Ryan is an old school print journalist gone digital. He's lived in almost every type of housing in Singapore, from flats to landed homes. Over the past 18 years, he's been a content developer for companies large and small, a co-founder in an education business, and sometimes a voice on the radio. He also spends too much time and money on painting little plastic soldiers.

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Kam
Kam

Hi Ryan, the part about keeping the inherited HDB should be clarified carefully. Once you inherit the HDB, it is as if you had transferred the HDB to your name. Consequently, if you have a private property, you are required by HDB to stay in your newly inherited HDB until you have cleared the 5 years MOP to rent out your HDB. This has been clarified to me by the HDB officer as my wife is currently in a possible situation of inheriting a HDB . I have also been told that my family has to be listed as occupiers… Read more »

Stacked Homes
Stacked Homes

Hi Kam, thank you for pointing that, we’ll take note of this feedback for our articles

John
John

Hi, for the seller’s stamp duty portion, the IRAS website states that “Exemptions from SSD for Residential Properties under the Stamp Duties Act 9. A person who owns an HDB flat and inherits another HDB flat, is required under the HDB’s regulations to dispose of either the inherited HDB flat or the existing HDB flat. This exemption applies to disposal of flats on or after 18 Dec 2015. 10. A person who owns a non-HDB flat and inherits an HDB flat, is required under the HDB’s regulations to dispose of the inherited HDB flat. This exemption applies to disposal of… Read more »

Andy
Andy

Hey Ryan & Team,

Lets say in the case that you are holding onto a private property, and you inherit a HDB that was bought before August 2010, must you live in the HDB? Or am I able to still live in my private house while i rent out the HDB?

Cheers,
AK

Stacked Homes
Stacked Homes

Hey AK!

Thanks for sharing the details on the HDB inheritance. As the HDB was purchased before August 2010, you are able to keep both properties. However, the usual 5 years MOP still applies and are not eligible to rent out the HDB unit fully. You must also meet the usual eligibility criteria to own the flat.

https://www.hdb.gov.sg/cs/infoweb/residential/buying-a-flat/resale/eligibility

We have also written an article on inheriting different types of properties

https://stackedhomes.com/editorial/inheriting-an-hdb-or-condo-here-are-5-simple-guidelines/

Hope this helps 🙂

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