Singaporean fined record $600,000 for unauthorised dormitory accomodation

According to a URA press release on June 14, a 72-year-old Singaporean male, Tan Hock Keng, was founded guilty of three counts of turning personal houses to illegal dorm rental. On May 30, he was fined a report $600,000, with the maximum penalty of $200,000 inflicted for each and every charge.

Additional inspections uncovered the reality that Tan had indeed been supplying dormitory rental at those premises for about 2 years, which he had transformed eight other private homes to unauthorised dorm room rental in between 2016 to 2018. The quantity of occupants in each unit reached from 7 to 23.

URA guidelines stipulate that private houses can only house up to six unconnected people.

Enforcement policemans from the Ministry of Manpower had actually checked private homes linked to Tan and discovered that the number of tenants living there had actually substantially gone beyond URA’s occupancy cap rules.

“Unauthorised dormitory housing not just detrimentally influences the residence appearance of the community, yet also negatively affects the occupants, that might be from even more prone groups that are susceptible to profiteering,” claims Martin Tan, director, Development Control Group, URA.

Acting on the MOM inspections, that happened in December 2017 and March 2018, URA’s searches disclosed that 15 foreign workers were residing in 1012B Upper Serangoon Road. One more 16 and 17 international workers were identified to be staying in 32H Lorong 22 Geylang and 32J Lorong 22 Geylang, specifically.

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He adds: “URA will continue to get strong enforcement acts facing criminals, including land owner, renters, representatives and anybody found to have actually flouted URA’s regulations on the rental or subletting of exclusive residential properties”.

URA says that Tan admitted that he was aware of the tenancy policies however chose to wage the unauthorised transformation of the premises anyway.

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