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Govt could let couples co-rent larger PPHS flats: Khaw

SINGAPORE — After peaking at 409 applications last September, the number of applications for the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS) has dropped to 81 and the Government is looking at allowing couples to co-rent the larger flats still available under the scheme.

SINGAPORE — After peaking at 409 applications last September, the number of applications for the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS) has dropped to 81 and the Government is looking at allowing couples to co-rent the larger flats still available under the scheme.

More than 900 of the 1,150 flats under the scheme have been taken up and some larger units under the initiative are still available, said Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan in Parliament yesterday.

“We are considering allowing some couples to co-rent these larger flats,” Mr Khaw told the house.

He was responding to questions about the scheme from Hougang Member of Parliament Png Eng Huat, who also wanted to know about the formula for calculating rents.

Mr Khaw said rents under the scheme are 40 per cent to 60 per cent lower than market rents in the vicinity and the cost of providing flats includes the cost of retrofitting the units before they are let out as well as the cost of managing and maintaining the properties.

Introduced in March last year as part of the marriage and parenthood package, the scheme provides an option for couples who need temporary housing at affordable prices, while waiting for their new Housing and Development Board flats to be ready.

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