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How they were caught

Case 1

Warned

On a rental website, a three-room flat in the central was offered for short-term stay at $40 per night.

The Housing Board traced the address but found no evidence of short-term leasing.

Neighbours confirmed that they did not encounter unfamiliar faces in the block.

The flat owner, known only as Mr K, said he was not aware that the minimum subletting period is six months.

After learning that short-term leasing is not allowed, he removed the advertisement.

He was given a written warning and based on subsequent checks, he no longer advertises his flat.

Case 2

Flat compulsorily acquired

An executive flat in the east was offered for short-term leasing at $25 per day on a rental website.

The HDB investigated and after surveillance over a period of time, got proof that the flat was being leased to tourists for short-term stays.

Case 3

Flat compulsorily acquired

The HDB received feedback about short-term leasing of a four-room flat in the west.

A neighbour had noticed unfamiliar faces in the block, and observed frequent changes in the occupiers of the flat.

These occupiers did not look local and were seen carrying luggage. They would often leave after a short time.

HDB found proof that the flat was being leased to tourists.

The flat owners had offered the flat for short-term lease at $75 per night online.