What is short-term accommodation?
In Singapore, the URA dictates that short-term accommodation is defined as stays of less than three consecutive months.
Under the law, URA guidelines dictate that landlords must offer a lease of at least 3 months if they wish to rent out their private property. In other words, tenants have to sign a contract for a private room or apartment rental for a minimum of 3 months.
Therefore, if you require temporary accommodation, you have to rent your room or apartment for at least three months.
What are the instances in which you require temporary accommodation?
Sometimes, life’s circumstances may dictate that you need to reside in another place temporarily to tide you over the medium term (of at least three months).
- You may need to move out of your permanent home temporarily because you’re renovating their existing home.
- You’re in-between homes i.e., you’ve sold off your existing home but your new home is not ready. Perhaps you’ve sold off your HDB flat to upgrade to a condo, but the timing of completion for the purchase is still some way off or your condo is undergoing renovations.
- You are a newlywed couple who wants to live together while waiting for the keys to their Build-to-Order (BTO) HDB flat or you’re still waiting for renovation of your new flat to be completed.
- You’re a professional from abroad who has a short-term working stint in Singapore.
- You are a millennial who wants to move out from the family home in order to get a taste of independence.
- You want to try living in different locations in Singapore … just for the fun of it!
- You want to explore living in different neighbourhoods before deciding on an area in which to buy your first home.
Where can you find temporary accommodation of at least three months in Singapore?
Why’s that so? Well, that’s because co-living spaces usually come fully furnished, with utilities, wifi and cleaning included in the rent. So it’s very hassle-free and convenient because the unit or room is move-in ready. Check out more perks of living in a co-living space here.