When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Singapore. This list is not exhaustive and there may be additional laws, regulations, requirements or considerations as may be in place from time to time, based on your individual circumstances. If you have questions, you may wish to contact the Housing and Development Board (“HDB”) or the Urban Redevelopment Authority (“URA”) directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
For public housing:
The Housing and Development Act and its various subsidiary legislation, which govern public housing in Singapore (i.e. HDB flats), are available here.
The HDB has promulgated subletting regulations on the renting out of entire HDB flats and bedrooms here. Importantly, you must obtain the HDB's approval in writing before you can rent out your HDB flat or bedroom. These regulations impose a minimum rental period of six months, as well as various other restrictions, including who you may rent to.
For private residential properties (i.e. not HDB flats):
The use of private residential properties is governed by the Planning Act and its various subsidiary legislation, which are available here.
The Planning Act was amended with effect from 30 June 2017 to allow rental of private residential properties for not less than three consecutive months to the same person.
In May 2019, URA announced that despite extensive consultations with stakeholders about a proposed regulatory framework for short-term accommodation, the minimum stay duration of three months will continue to apply for any accommodation in private residential properties.
As URA has decided to maintain the status quo, it will continue to enforce the requirement of a minimum stay duration of three months in private residential properties.