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Rehousing options with shorter leases to apply to future Sers exercises after Ang Mo Kio, Marsiling cases: Desmond Lee

Housing and Development Board blocks in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.
Housing and Development Board blocks in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.

SINGAPORE — New rehousing options offered to Ang Mo Kio and Marsiling residents affected by the Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers), which include buying a replacement flat on a shorter lease, will apply to future Sers exercises, National Development Minister Desmond Lee said. 

This is given that flats to be redeveloped in the future are likely to be older with shorter remaining leases, Mr Lee told Parliament on Monday (July 4).

Additionally, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) will consider allowing younger residents aged under 45 to buy their replacement flat on a 50-year lease on a “case-by-case basis”, Mr Lee said.

Mr Lee was responding to an adjournment motion by Ms Nadia Ahmad Samdin, Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency, who conveyed some concerns held by her residents regarding the Sers exercise.

TODAY had reported last month that some affected Ang Mo Kio residents were unhappy with having to fork out up to S$100,000 for a new replacement flat of a similar size.
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