The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has investigated over 500 cases of illegal subletting at private residences so far this year. That’s 25 per cent more than the whole of 2008.
These involve the unauthorised partitioning of apartments, shophouses and terrace units into smaller units in order to sublet them individually.
Authorities said the majority of offences involved turning residential units into workers dormitories, boarding houses or hostels.
And they said culprits include property agents, a claim which their umbrella association flatly denies.
The Institute of Estate Agents said members found flouting the rule will be reported to the authorities, and stripped of their membership.
Source: Channel News Asia, 27 Aug 2009