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Single parents aged 21 and above can now buy 3-room HDBs: Lawrence Wong

Previously, unwed parents between at the ages of 21 and 34 were allowed on a case-by-case basis to only purchase up to two-room Flexi flats in non-mature estates or resale flats. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Unwed parents aged 21 and above will now be allowed to purchase three-room HDB flats in non-mature estates, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Wednesday (4 March).

This applies to those who are “in stable employment and can afford to buy a flat”, he said during his ministry’s Committee of Supply debate.

Previously, unwed parents aged between 21 and 34 were allowed – on a case-by-case basis – to purchase only a two-room “flexi” flat in non-mature estates.

In his speech, Wong acknowledged the concerns raised by several Members of Parliament that this case-by-case approach may cause anxiety for the applicants as they do not know whether their applications will be successful. Going forward, unwed parents can still continue to request to buy resale flats.

“For those who have insufficient finances and need a place to stay, then we will continue to consider them for public rental if it is in their child’s best interests, taking into account inputs from social workers if necessary,” said Wong.

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