HDB Rental

Has anyone rented a flat with HDB while waiting for their BTO? Could you share your thoughts/ experience on the rental flat? My husband and I are thinking of renting with HDB while waiting for the completion of our BTO in 2-3 years time as we have a baby and we need privacy and space for our little family. Currently residing with in-laws.

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We did that many years ago. It wasnt the best experience as the flat was literally bare, unfurnished and the floors were in bad condition. Still we did some very simple reno and lived there for about 5 years (:

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I'm renting from HDB now while waiting for my bto. Currently 38 weeks. Ours pretty good location but it's really old and has no lift. Hence would suggest to ballot and you can do some site reece before selecting. Worst case is to give up the ballot number. Nothing wrong with that.

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12mo ago

Wow so lucky! Thanks for sharing 😌

Me. Our q no. was pretttty far like say available units are 34 but our q.no was like i think 26 if I'm not wrong. So for some reason, we were no. 3 or 4 for our selection unit appt in the morning but some ppl did not attend, so we were like first in q. Soooo relieved and lucky but nervous too cz this is the last dae of selection. Cz i think the 30plus available units were split into 3 days for appts. So yeah. Not much units left to choose but still got hope. D available flats are limited and very ulu and unheardof cz i stayed in north and then got places like Dakota? What cresent all that. Haha. Sooo far lah. But luckyyy we got Boon Lay. The flats are all old flats so take note: 1. Choose high floors cz the flats hv rubbish chute near homes at grd level 😦. Not cool. 2. Choose lvls that hv lift landing cz i got the top floor, 11th floor but the lifts are at 1st, 5th and 9th. Wah. We hvta pay extra for hsemovers cz they needa climb stairs omg and also, cz we hv a baby, we hvta carry stroller up and down the stairs. Haiz. But yeah you'll get use to it. I still rant btw haha. Cz im small built. And when my grandma comes over, pity her she gotta climb up slowly. Bestof luck!

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I'm renting a 3 room unit now for temporary. I would say location is important

12mo ago

Which area are you renting? Did you get it the first time you ballot?

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Depending on the estate, queues to rent HDB are pretty long. Might take 6 months to 3 years...

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