Calls to scrap DBSS flats | Singapore Informer

Jun 22, 2015

Property analysts are calling for the Housing and Development Board (HDB) to abolish its Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) since it is already losing its relevance, revealed a TODAY report.

Introduced in 2005, the scheme was suspended in 2011 and was recently put under the spotlight again after residents complained of various defects in their new DBSS units.

Among them was Ng Tong Seng, who moved into his 4-room DBSS flat at Ang Mo Kio in December 2012. Within weeks, the 45-year old resident found numerous flaws in his flat which he bought for over $500,000, from cracks on the walls to bug infestation.

Ng spent months to get the developer to rectify the defects in his unit, while the housing board did not offer much help.

“We are being left alone by authorities,” Ng said. “We bought the house under the ruling of HDB. They threw the rule books at us, but when we faced problems and approached them for help, they said, ‘Sorry, I can’t do anything’. So, that is frustrating. On one side, you try to govern me, on the other side, you can’t help me. So, I’m very confused about their rule.”

The role of HDB in the scheme was also questioned by residents of Trivelis, a DBSS estate in Clementi. Around 500 residents there complained about defects like rusty dish holders and flooding along the corridors.

The housing board explained that while it oversees the scheme, it is the developers who must rectify defects found by buyers within a year under the sale and purchase agreement.

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