Singaporean fined record $600,000 for unauthorised dormitory accomodation

Acting on the MOM assessments, that occurred in December 2017 and March 2018, URA’s inspections revealed that 15 international people were staying in 1012B Upper Serangoon Roadway. An additional 16 and 17 international workers were found to be residing in 32H Lorong 22 Geylang and 32J Lorong 22 Geylang, specifically.

“Unauthorised dormitory lodgings not only negatively influences the residence character of the area, however also negatively impacts the occupants, that might be from even more prone groups that are susceptible to profiteering,” says Martin Tan, head, Development Control Group, URA.

Enforcement policemans from the Ministry of Manpower had evaluated exclusive homes associated to Tan and discovered that the number of residents living there had drastically exceeded URA’s occupancy cap guidelines.

URA policies state that private residential properties can only house approximately 6 unconnected people.

Further investigations discovered the truth that Tan had been supplying dormitory accommodation at those facilities for about two years, which he had actually changed 8 other private houses to illegal dormitory rental in between 2016 to 2018. The quantity of occupants in each unit differed from seven to 23.

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He includes: “URA is going to continue to take powerful enforcement acts facing criminals, including land owner, tenants, agents and anybody discovered to have flouted URA’s guidelines on the rental or subletting of exclusive homes”.

URA claims that Tan admitted that he understood the tenancy regulations but opted to wage the illegal transformation of the properties anyhow.

According to a URA announcement on June 14, a 72-year-old Singaporean man, Tan Hock Keng, was convicted of three counts of turning private homes to unauthorised dorm accommodation. On May 30, he was fined a record $600,000, with the maximum damages of $200,000 enforced for every cost.


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