Singapore property prices on the rise in 2024
According to House Development Board (HDB)’s Resale Price Index (RPI), RPI has increased from 159.5 in 2022 Q1 to 178.5 in 2023 Q3, signalling a price increase of 19% for HDB resale flats over the period. While cooling measures such as wait-out period of 15 to 30 months for private property owners to buy a resale HDB flat after selling their property and tighter housing loans have successfully slowed the price increase in HDB’s resale price, the upward trend is still expected to continue in 2024, albeit at a slower rate.
The high resale price as well as the wait-out period have pushed many to temporarily consider short term accommodations. Moreover, for those who eagerly need more space due to newborns or those who need private space such as newlywed, short term accommodations become an apparent choice while waiting for construction and delivery of new HDB developed Built-to-Order (BTO) flats. On the other hand, some with Work from Home (WFH) arrangements have decided to move out after the tensions that grew between parents and siblings at home as everyone has to face each other longer than before.
As a result, the demand for both long term and short term accommodation rental for public or private properties will continue to increase in 2024 owing to the factors listed above and arrivals of new foreign expats or workers. While the hike in rent has been drastic in the last two years, it is expected to moderate in 2024. For instance, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)’s real estate statistics shows that the rental index has slowed to a pace of 0.8% from 2023 Q2 to 2023 Q3, compared to a 2.8% increase in the previous period.
Through this article, we outline a list of short term accommodation rental options between 1 month to 1 year for those who urgently need a temporary roof in Singapore.
Where to find short term accommodation and short term rental options in Singapore
- Extended stay or long stay at hotels
Minimum 30-day stay
- Serviced apartments & co-living apartments
Minimum 1-month or 3-month stay
- Residential properties like HDB flats, HDB Executive Condominiums (EC), private condominiums and landed homes
Minimum 3-month or 6-month stay
Extended stay or long stay hotels in Singapore
‘Extended stays’ or ‘long stays’ are terms used in the hotel industry whereby substantial discounts off the daily rates are given for longer stays. While the definition of what constitutes ‘extended’ or ‘long’ differs from hotel to hotel, the common minimum is 5 days or 7 days.
Similar to hotel guests who stay for a day or two, there is no local residency requirement to stay in the hotels. As such, this could be a good option for foreign travelers who are stranded in Singapore and do not possess a residency pass to qualify for renting residential properties.
List of monthly hotel stays in Singapore
While numerous hotels offer extended hotel stay rates, few have a fixed published monthly rate. To offer ease of comparison and shortlisting exciting offers, we only list hotels that either publish their monthly rate or have a search function that display final rate for 30 nights below (updated on 29 December 2023):
- YMCA @ One Orchard – From SGD 2,998 per month
- Hotel Ville Hotel – From SGD 3,196 per month
- The Sultan Hotel – From SGD 3,237 per month [Details]
- Victoria Hotel – From SGD 4,017 per month
- Hotel Nuve Urbane – From SGD 4,643 per month
- lyf One-North – From SGD 5,276 per month
- Louis Kienne Residences – From SGD 6,000 per month
- lyf Farrer Park – From SGD 7,309 per month
- Amara Singapore – From SGD 7,734 per month
- Orchard Grand Court – From SGD 8,536 per month
- Grand Park City Hall – From SGD 11,325 per month
- Hotel Jen OrchardGateway by Shangri-la – From SGD 12,232 per month
- InterContinental Singapore – From SGD 16,519 per month
- The St. Regis Singapore – From SGD 18,309 per month
Serviced apartments & co-living apartments in Singapore
A serviced apartment or a co-living apartment offers more than just a room for you to rest in. It includes a living room for friends to gather, a kitchen for you to prepare home-cooked meals, and sometimes a balcony for loved ones to watch the sunset together.
Common facilities such as swimming pool, gym, BBQ pits, saunas, tennis courts and sports & community halls are available at these properties. Services like concierge, property maintenance, and regular housekeeping are often included as well. In short, it is an apartment that is fully managed like a hotel. For the co-living option, the difference with the serviced apartment is that you are sharing it with a few others.
Depending on the operator, the minimum staying period can be 1 month or 3 months.
List of short-term serviced apartments & co-living apartments
- Yo:Ha Residence – From SGD 2,500 per month
- International Service Apartments – From SGD 3,400 per month
- Heritage Collection – From SGD 3,450 per month
- Wilby Residences – From SGD 5,300 per month
- ST Residences Novena – From SGD 6,500 per month
- Far East Hospitality Serviced Residences (Far East Plaza Residence) – From SGD 7,338 per month
- Lanson Place Winsland – From SGD 8,035 per month
Renting residential properties in Singapore
Renting a room or renting an entire apartment off the residential property market is the most prevalent rental option for those who need accommodation for 3 months or longer.
The cost is generally lower than long stays in hotels, serviced apartments, and co-living apartments. An important note though, such rentals, especially for an entire apartment, exclude utilities (water & electricity), Internet connectivity, concierge, housekeeping, and property maintenance. This option also requires you to pay Stamp Duty for Leases.
These are the three major types of residential properties one could rent in Singapore:
- Housing Development Board (HDB) flats – public housing that more than 80% of the population lives in.
- Housing Development Board (HDB) Executive Condominiums – limited supply of housing option with features similar to that of condominiums like gated entrance, swimming pools, gyms, etc., but built and managed by the HDB for the first 10 years.
- Private condominiums – privately owned and run condominiums usually with gated entrance, swimming pools, gyms, BBQ pits, sports halls, community halls, etc.
- Landed homes – privately owned low rise building (terrace, semi-detached house, bungalows, etc.) typically less than 4 floors and without the facilities of a condominium.
The following are the estimated starting rent for the various types of properties:
- 1 room in a HDB flat – From SGD 500 a month
- Entire 2-Room HDB apartment (1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, 1 bomb shelter/storage room & 1 bathroom) – From SGD 2,000 a month
- 1 room in a HDB Executive Condominium (EC) – From SGD 900 a month
- Entire studio unit in a HDB Executive Condominium (EC) (1 room with bedroom, living room and kitchen without partition, and 1 bathroom) – From SGD 2,000 a month
- 1 room in a private condominium – From SGD 900 a month
- Entire studio unit in a private condominium (1 room with bedroom, living room and kitchen without partition, and 1 bathroom) – From SGD 1,750 a month
- 1 room in a landed house – From SGD 600 a month
- Studio room in a landed house (1 bedroom with ensuite bathroom) – From SGD 1,850 a month
Who is eligible to rent residential properties in Singapore?
- Singapore Citizens
- Singapore Permanent Residents
- Non-citizens legally residing in Singapore who are holders of Employment Passes (EP), S Passes, Work Permits, Student Passes, Dependant Passes (DP), or Long-Term Social Visit Passes (LTSVP). These passes must have a validity period of at least 6 months as of the date of rental application
- Work Permit holders from the construction, manufacturing, marine, and process sectors must be Malaysians
- Tourists are not allowed as tenants of HDB flats
For renting HDB flats and executive condominiums (EC), details on the eligibility of the owner to let out their rooms or apartment, the number of tenants allowed in the unit, and the foreigner quota (non-Malaysian and non-citizen) imposed on a block and neighbourhood can be found here.
For private condominiums and landed homes, the occupancy cap and other details can be found here.
What is the minimum rental period for residential properties in Singapore?
- HDB flats and HDB Executive Condominiums: 6 months
- Private condominiums and landed homes: 3 months
List of residential properties
There are many ways to rent a residential property, through introductions by friends and relatives, contacting real estate agencies, or responding to direct advertisements from owners. The most common way in Singapore though is through the major property portals below:
There are thousands of listings in these portals in which the majority are posted by property agents, while a few are directly posted by property owners.
While property agents may charge a fee of up to one month rent (they usually do not charge a tenant if you respond to a post by an agent representing the owner), most of the property seekers in Singapore feel more secure working with them as they are tested on their knowledge with Singapore property law, rules & regulations before being licensed by the authorities. Licensed agents are trusted by both owners and tenants.
All the best for your search!