Singaporean fined record $600,000 for unauthorised dormitory accomodation

According to a URA press release on June 14, a 72-year-old Singaporean guy, Tan Hock Keng, was convicted of 3 counts of converting private residential properties to illegal dorm rental. On May 30, he was fined a record $600,000, with the optimum fine of $200,000 imposed for each and every charge.

He adds: “URA will definitely remain to take powerful enforcement actions in opposition to perpetrators, including property owners, tenants, agents and any person discovered to have actually flouted URA’s laws on the rent or subletting of private properties”.

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More investigations unearthed the reality that Tan had been providing dorm accommodation at those properties for about 2 years, and that he had actually transformed 8 other private homes to illegal dorm accommodation in between 2016 to 2018. The amount of tenants in each unit differed from 7 to 23.

“Unauthorised dormitory lodgings not just adversely affects the residence personality of the community, yet also negatively affects the occupants, who may be from more susceptible group of people that are vulnerable to exploitation,” claims Martin Tan, supervisor, Development Control Group, URA.

URA states that Tan admitted that he knew the tenancy laws yet made a decision to proceed with the illegal transformation of the premises anyway.

URA policies stipulate that private properties can just house approximately 6 not related individuals.

Acting on the MOM inspections, which occurred in December 2017 and March 2018, URA’s investigations revealed that 15 international workers were living in 1012B Upper Serangoon Roadway. One more 16 and 17 foreign people were identified to be staying in 32H Lorong 22 Geylang and 32J Lorong 22 Geylang, specifically.

Enforcement officers from the Ministry of Manpower had actually assessed exclusive houses associated to Tan and discovered that the many residents living there had drastically gone beyond URA’s tenancy cap regulations.


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