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. If you are looking to rent out the entire HDB flat, take a look at our guide on “How to rent out HDB flat in Singapore”


Step 1 

Check your eligibility for Renting out your HDB Room


  • Singapore citizens (SC) and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) are allowed to sublet their rooms in HDB flat
  • SC who have not fulfilled the MOP (5-year minimum occupation period) are allowed to sublet rooms but not the entire flat
  • 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 application.


Step 2

Market Room at desired rental price


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


💡 Pro tip: Use filters and post-editing apps to enhance photos so it will not look dull and dark. Remember, the first thing people will see is the thumbnail-sized version of your listing so it will be better if you can stand out more prominently.

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 a common bedroom rental in Singapore:

*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 in 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

Common Bedroom in 441A Clementi ave 3. Wifi and Aircon included. No cooking.

Common Bedroom in 44 Telok Blangah Drive. Aircon and fully furnished. Landlord allows share use of the living room

2 x Common Bedrooms in 425 Woodlands St 41. Wifi and Aircon. Cooking allowed at additional $50 per month

Common Bedroom in 210 Yishun st 21. Wifi and Aircon

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

💡 Pro tip: Tenants may request for additional inventory. It is up to the landlord to decide if they wish to provide.

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


💡 Pro tip: Be flexible, during poorer market conditions your property may be left vacant for a long time. It would make more sense to rent lower to secure a tenant rather earlier than wait perpetually for someone to give you your asking price.


Thinking about renting out your extra bedroom for rental income but still have not found a tenant? Contact our team at Lovelyhomes. We have a solution for you!

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