Thinking about renting out your spare room for additional income?

This guide will help you with the process of renting out your HDB flat in the open market in a step by step guide to ensure everything is in done correctly.


Step 1 

Check your eligibility for Renting out your HDB Room


  • Singapore citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) are allowed to sublet their rooms in HDB flat


  • Singapore citizens who have not fulfilled the MOP (5-year minimum occupation period) are allowed to sublet rooms but not the entire flat


  • Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) are allowed sublet rooms but not the entire flat, even after fulfilling the MOP


  • Only bedrooms from HDB flats that are 3-room or larger can be rented out. 


Whether you are renting your whole flat or the bedrooms, only 6 occupants – all tenants, your family and yourself included – are allowed to reside in the flat.

See the table below for a useful summary of the number of rentable bedrooms and occupants (counting both tenants AND landlords) allowed for different flat sizes:



Flat owners are required to seek HDB’s approval before renting out their bedroom(s). Applications to rent out bedrooms may be submitted online via HDB’s e-services. The outcome of the application will be made known immediately. An administrative fee is payable with each application, at $10 per bedroom.


Step 2

Market Room at desired rental price


Place adverts on across different platforms such as Newspaper, Facebook, Property portals etc.




Alternatively, you may simply consult a property agent to handle all aspects of the rental procedures. 


Step 3

Check Tenant’s Eligibility


Tenants must be any of the following

  • Singapore citizens
  • Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Non-citizens legally residing in Singapore who hold passes with a validity period of at least 6 months from the date of your subletting application
  • Employment Passes
  • S Passes
  • Work Permits
  • Work Permit holders from the construction, marine and process sectors must be Malaysians
  • Student Passes
  • Dependent Passes
  • Long-term Social Visit Passes

If your potential tenant is a foreigner, please verify their immigration status by using ICA’s iEnquiry system. You may also check their employment pass or S pass validity using MOM’s website.



The following table is the market rate for room rental in Singapore*:


HDB Estates Average Rental Asking
Ang Mo Kio 600 – 800
Bedok 500-700
Bishan 500-700
Bukit Batok 500-700
Bukit Merah 700-900
Bukit Panjang 600 – 800
Bukit Timah 700-900
Central Area 900-1000
Choa Chu Kang 500-700
Clementi 600 – 800
Geylang 600 – 800
Hougang 500-700
Jurong East 600 – 800
Jurong West 500-700
Kallang/Whampoa 600 – 800
Lim Chu Kang 500-700
Marine Parade 700-900
Pasir Ris 500-700
Punggol 500-700
Queenstown 700-900
Sembawang 500-700
Sengkang 500-700
Serangoon 600 – 800
Tampines 600 – 800
Toa Payoh 600 – 800
Woodlands 500 – 700
Yishun 500-700

*Do note that this is an approximation and is adjustable depending to market conditions


Rental Price for bedrooms varies depending on factors such as:

  • Proximity to Amenities (e.g MRT, Malls, Schools etc.)
  • The condition of the unit (Furnished and Unfurnished)
  • Air-conditioned or Fan Only
  • Wifi or No Wifi
  • No. of occupants per room
  • Master Bedroom or Common Bedroom

Here are examples of some HDB Bedrooms I have rented out not too long ago:

602 Senja Road Common Bedroom. Wifi and Aircon Included. Light cooking allowed.

Master Bedroom in 77 Telok Blangah. Wifi and Aircon included. No cooking. Laundry 2 times a week

Common Bedrooms 352 Clementi (left) and 817 Yishun (right). Wifi and Aircon. No Cooking

Step 4

Use a Standard Tenancy Agreement for Room Rental

A written rental contract is used for both landlord and tenant to come to a mutual agreement on the terms of the lease. It is important for certain terms to spell out explicitly such as:

  • Lease Start/End date
  • Monthly Rent (e.g. payable on 1st of every month)
  • Security Deposit Amount
  • Furniture and Fixtures & Fittings
  • Responsibilities’ of Landlord
  • Responsibilities’ of Tenant
  • Terms and Conditions

You may use a template version of the Room Rental Agreement 


Step 5

Notify and Obtain approval from HDB

If renting out your room, prior approval from HDB is required. You may apply online using the following link:


You must also notify HDB of tenancy terminations, subsequent renewals, and changes to your tenants’ particulars within 7 days of these changes.


Do take note

Minimum renting out period:

6 months per application. Renting out on a short-term basis is not allowed.

Maximum renting out period:

3 years per application. However, if one or more of the tenants is a non-Malaysian NC, the maximum renting out period is 1.5 years.


Payments of Stamp duty:

The tenant is required to pay stamp duty to IRAS to have the TA stamped within 14 days of signing it if it was signed in Singapore


Inspection and handover:

Check each item on the inventory list with the tenant on or a few days before the date of commencement of the list


Eugene Koh +6590405508

Your friendly real estate consultant. Love to give constructive advice to your next property purchase/sale