Under the Public Housing Scheme (PHS), CPF members can use their Ordinary Account (OA) savings to buy new or resale HDB flats.
CPF members who are eligible to buy a new or resale HDB flat can use their CPF savings under the PHS unless they are buying:
a HDB flat with a balance lease of less than 30 years
a HDB flat with a balance lease of between 30 and 60 years but sum of the balance lease and the buyers’ average age is less than 80 years
The CPF OA savings can be used to:
Finance all or part of the purchase price
Pay the stamp duty, legal fees and other related costs such as flat upgrading
Service monthly housing loan instalments
How to apply
To use your CPF to repay your HDB concessionary loan:
Complete CPF withdrawal form (HPS/9) at HDB office
The form will be forwarded to CPF Board and processed within 5 workings days upon receipt
CPF members using CPF savings to pay monthly housing loan instalments for HDB flats must be insured under the Home Protection Scheme (HPS). The HPS is a mortgage-reducing insurance that protects members and their families against losing their homes in the event of death or permanent incapacity before their housing loans are paid up.
Valuation and Withdrawal limit
There are limits to the amount of CPF savings that can be used depending on:
Whether you are buying a new or resale HDB flat
Whether you are taking a HDB concessionary loan or bank loan
The limits that may apply are:
Valuation Limit (VL) – the lower of the purchase price or market value at the time of purchase
Withdrawal Limit (WL) – the maximum amount of CPF savings that can be used, capped at 120% of the VL
Buyers of new HDB flats with a HDB concessionary loan can use their CPF OA savings until the loan is fully paid
Type of Home
Conditions to use CPF beyond VL
You can use your CPF until the loan is fully paid.
Resale HDB flat/DBSS flat
Buyers below 55 years old
Buyers 55 years old and above
including the amount withdrawn for investment.
For bank loan, you can only use your CPF up to WL.
Refund to CPF
Buyers who have used CPF savings to finance a HDB flat purchase will need to make a refund to their CPF after the sale of the flat.
The CPF refund includes:
the principal amount withdrawn from CPF
the accrued interest computed monthly at compounded CPF rate of 2.5% per annum
If the sales proceeds after paying the outstanding HDB loan and HDB resale levy is not enough for a full CPF refund, you do not need to top up the shortfall in cash, provided the flat is sold at market value.
Source: HDB, CPF, The Edge Property