Do HDB Homeowners pay management fees?

We all know that the prestige of living in a private condominium comes with the pain of paying monthly condominium maintenance fees.

Mass-market condominiums might ask for a $150 – $300 range, but upmarket condominiums might ask for even more.

However, something that many foreigners and first-time HDB owners don’t know is that there are “management fees” for public housing in Singapore!

S&CC

The Service & Conservancy Charges (S&CC) that Singapore’s various town councils levy on residents are the government’s form of management fees. These S&CC charges are payable on the first day of every month and go towards the maintenance and upkeep of common property in the various HDB estates.

Yishun Ave 4. Picture: iProperty

This includes things like:

  • Provision of essential maintenance and repairs of lifts, water pumps, switch rooms, lightings and lift rescue services
  • Conservancy and cleaning works
  • Landscaping and horticultural works
  • Preventive and cyclical maintenance works including repainting and re-roofing
  • Replacement of water pipes and automatic refuse chute-flushing systems

Fees charged are dependent on Flat size, so if you’re staying in a larger home, you’re going to be paying more than someone who is staying in a smaller unit. Interestingly, market and hawker food stalls are not exempt from paying S&CC fees.

Ang Mo Kio Ave 5. Picture: iProperty

The S&CC rates as of June 1, 2018 are as follows:

Property Type S&CC Rate Reduced Rate Penalty Fee
1 room $54.70 $21 $0.50
2 room $56.20 $30 $0.50
3 room $63.50 $46 $1.00
4 room $72.00 $63 $1.00
5 room $85.00 $79 $2.00
5 room (3 generation) $89.50 $83.50 $3.00
Executive Apartment $101.00 NA $2.00
Shop with living accommodation $2.16/ per square metre NA $15.00
Other commercial property including kiosk and shoplet $2.16/ per square metre NA $15.00
Cooked Food Stall $194.74 NA $15.00
Piece & Sundry Stall $95.23 NA $15.00
Fresh fish, seafood, meat, fruit, preserved & dried goods and poultry stall $93.63 NA $15.00
Vegetables, beancurd and noodles, egg, ground assorted spices and miscellaneous stall $58.85 NA $15.00

So it looks like everyone is involved in paying S&CC fees, and even your friendly neighbourhood vegetable seller is not exempt from these fees.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre. Picture: iProperty

Good to be well-funded

S&CC fees have been raised in recent times, but the good news is that the government is giving subsidies to residents so that does not become too huge of a burden for residents. Moreover, these S&CC don’t all end up going to maintenance of the estate.

A good 14% of these funds are channeled into a special lift enhancement fund, specifically created to upgrade lifts in all HDB flats. These are on top of a sinking fund set aside to fund special upgrades and for rainy days.

So, the next time someone asks you why we’re all paying extra to live in a HDB flat, remember to tell them all about that the S&CC fund does for your estate!

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