SINGAPORE - The bank executive lived in a condominium with her parents, husband, two children and a maid.
She felt there wasn't enough room for her parents, and asked them to apply for a rental flat.
Theirs was one of 13,700 rental flat applications made since 2011, which were deemed not eligible by HDB.
In the above case, the couple had family support, in the form of children who owned private property and could provide support to rent from the open market.
Another reason for most rejections is that applicants can afford to purchase a small flat, Minister of State for National Development Maliki Osman said on Monday.
"We have to turn down their applications, so that we can focus our help on the truly needy," he said, adding that the HDB exercises flexibility in genuine hardship cases, even if they do not fulfil the eligibility criteria.
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