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!
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.
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.
The S&CC rates as of June 1, 2018 are as follows:
|Property Type||S&CC Rate||Reduced Rate||Penalty Fee|
|5 room (3 generation)||$89.50||$83.50||$3.00|
|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.
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!