What's happening with rental housing in Singapore?

    Nov 24, 2020 @ 02:15 AM / by Andrew Morollo


    A view of downtown Singapore. Photo taken from AIRINC Surveyor archives.

    More supply than demand?    

    Singapore’s expatriate rental market is relatively stable despite more assignee departures than arrivals. While supply is greater than demand, sources say most incoming expatriates want to live in apartments close to the MRT and schools. Many landlords of desirable apartments can continue to charge listed rents for now.


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    Real estate sources also mentioned that some multinationals have been localizing their talent. Some localized assignees have been breaking leases in order to obtain more affordable housing when current landlords don’t wish to discount rents for newly localized tenants.

    Showing rental units to incoming assignees has improved. The main obstacle is a strict 14-day quarantine required of all persons arriving into Singapore regardless of nationality. Sources are optimistic that the Singaporean government will reduce restrictions on travelers and assignees coming from designated countries where COVID-19 is under control.


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    The much anticipated 'Travel Bubble' that the governments of Singapore and Hong Kong had worked out is now postponed. This agreement, that would have allowed travelers to move about without quarantining, is delayed as a result of a recent outbreak in Hong Kong. The plan will be revisited next month. 



    On-site Insight: 

    This post is part of AIRINC's On-site Insight series. On-site Insight provides readers with an exclusive “behind-the-surveys” perspective of new and existing expatriate locations based on commentary and photos from our global research team. Included is information on general living conditions as well as changing costs for both Goods & Services and Housing & Utilities, along with much, much more.


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    Andrew Morollo

    Written by Andrew Morollo

    Andrew joined AIRINC in 2000 as a surveyor and analyst. Since 2011, he has managed both the Hong Kong and Brussels survey teams directly. His primary responsibilities include coordinating travel for the international teams, recruiting survey staff, and managing workflow from the Cambridge headquarters. He is also responsible for conducting pricing and housing surveys in more complicated international locations, having visited over 120 countries for AIRINC. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from Northeastern University. In addition to English, Andrew speaks German.