Executive Condominium (EC) Eligibility
You must meet the following conditions to buy an Executive Condominium (EC). Source: HDB
What are the Eligibility Conditions?
- Family Nucleus
- Income Ceiling
- Special Requirement for Undischarged Bankrupts
- Ownership in Private Property
- Owners/Ex-Owners of HDB Flats / DBSS Flats / EC Units
Am I A First Timer or Second Timer Applicant?
Time Periods for Buying an EC
- Existing Owner or Ex-Owner of an HDB Flat
- Ex-Owner of an EC
- Essential Occupier
- Bought an EC/DBSS Flat with CPF Housing Grant
- You must be a Singapore Citizen
- Your family nucleus must compromise at least another Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident (PR)
- You must be at least 21 years old at time of application
- If you are buying an Executive Condominium (EC) under the Joint Singles Scheme, you must be at least 35 years old
You must form a proper family nucleus under one of the following schemes:
You may buy a dual-key EC unit if you form a multi-generation family as follows:
- Married couple with parents/grandparents
- Fiancé and Fiancée couple with parents/grandparents
- Widowed/divorced with children and parents/grandparents
Your average gross monthly household income must not exceed $14,000. Contact us if it exceeds so we can provide assistance.
Special Requirement for Undischarged Bankrupts
Prior consent must be obtained from the Official Assignee (OA) or the private trustee if you are applying to buy an EC. You do not need to seek prior consent from the OA or the private trustee to be listed as an occupier.
Ownership in Private Property
You, your spouse, any occupiers listed in the Application Form or their spouses must not own or dispose or have an estate or interest in any other flat, house, building or land*
- Within 30 months before the date of application, and
- Between the application date and the date of taking possession of the EC
* Includes but not limited to:
- HUDC flats (Privatised and Non-Privatised)
- Properties acquired by gift
- Properties inherited as beneficiaries under a will or as a result of the Intestate Succession Act
- Private properties
- Properties owned/acquired/disposed through nominees regardless of properties location
Owners/Ex-Owners of HDB Flats / DBSS Flats / EC Units
You can purchase an EC provided that you only own/ owned 1 of the following units prior to your application:
- Flat bought from HDB
- EC/ DBSS flat bought from the developer
- HDB resale flat bought using a CPF Housing Grant (only applies to first-timer applicants)
In essence, an eligible Singapore Citizen is allowed to buy the above properties twice in total, not twice per type of property.
If you have already bought 2 such properties, you will not be eligible to apply for an EC or be listed as an essential occupier in an application.
First-timers enjoy privileges and priority in flat allocation.
Yours will be treated as a first-timer application if you and any of the other listed owners and essential occupiers meet the following criteria:
- Not the owner of a flat bought from HDB, or an EC/ DBSS flat bought from a developer
- Not sold a flat bought from HDB, or an EC/ DBSS flat bought from a developer
- Not received any CPF Housing Grant for the purchase of an HDB resale flat
- Not taken any form of housing subsidy (e.g. benefitted under the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) or HUDC estate privatisation)
If you are a second-timer and your spouse/ spouse-to-be is a first-timer, you will be glad to know that you and your spouse/ spouse-to-be will enjoy first-timer privileges and priority as a couple.
Yours will be treated as a second-timer application if any of the following applies to you or any of the other listed owners and essential occupiers:
Have owned or sold any of the following:
- HDB flat bought from HDB
- Resale flat bought using a CPF Housing Grant
- EC/ DBSS flat bought from the developer
- Once taken some form of housing subsidy (e.g. benefitted under the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS), HUDC estate privatisation)
Existing Owner or Ex-Owner of an HDB Flat
Are you, your spouse or any of the essential occupiers listed in the application an existing owner or ex-owner of a:
- Flat bought directly from HDB
- DBSS flat bought from the developers
- Resale flat bought under the CPF Housing Grant Scheme
If you belong to any of the above categories, you may apply to buy an EC on condition that a 5-year period (excluding any period of subletting of the whole flat) has lapsed from the *date of taking possession of the flat to the date of application for a new EC
* The date of taking possession refers to following dates (whichever is applicable):
- Date of key collection, for flats that are bought direct from HDB
- Date of resale completion, for purchase of resale flats from the open market bought with the CPF Housing Grant
- Date of transfer at market value of the flat bought with CPF Housing Grant
- Date of key collection for EC/DBSS flats bought from the developer
Ex-Owner of an EC
Are you, your spouse or any of the essential occupiers listed in the application an ex-owner of an Executive Condominium bought directly from the developer? If yes, you would need to meet a 5-year period from the date of taking possession of the earlier Executive Condominium.
In addition, you need to wait out a 30-month period from the effective date of disposal (i.e., date of legal completion of the sale of their Executive Condominium, evidenced by the Notice of Transfer or such other documentary evidence as HDB may require) of the Executive Condominium before you can apply to buy another Executive Condominium directly from the developer.
You or any person listed the application must not be currently listed as an essential occupier of:
- An existing HDB flat bought directly from HDB,
- A DBSS flat bought under the CPF Housing Grant Scheme, or,
- A resale flat bought under the CPF Housing Grant Scheme
However, an essential occupier may apply or be included in an application only if he has stayed in the existing flat for 5 years from the *date of taking possession of the existing flat to the date of application for an EC.
* The date of taking possession refers to:
- The date of key collection, for flats that are bought directly from HDB
- The date of resale completion, for purchase of resale flats from the open market bought with the CPF Housing Grant
- The date of transfer at market value of the flat bought with CPF Housing Grant
- The date of key collection for Executive Condominium/DBSS flats bought from the developer, whichever is applicable.
Within three years from the date of the divorce, only one party in the divorce can own one of the following housing units:
- a flat bought directly from the HDB
- a DBSS flat / EC bought directly from a private developer
- a resale flat bought from open market under the CPF Housing Grant Scheme
If you have an existing matrimonial home, which is one of the above, and that home is retained by your ex-spouse, you may apply to buy or be listed as an essential occupier in any of the above housing unit only three years after your date of divorce.
However, this three-year wait out period will not apply if you are buying any of the above homes with your parents or a new spouse, or if you are buying a resale flat from the open market without the CPF Housing Grant.
If there is no matrimonial home or the matrimonial home was bought from the open market without any CPF Housing Grant, you may apply for any of the above housing units after you get your ex-spouse’s consent not to own or be listed as an essential occupier in any of the above housing units within the three-year period from the date of divorce.
The requirement for ex-spouse’s consent is waived if you are buying any of the above housing units with your parents or a new spouse or if you are buying a resale flat from the open market without the CPF Housing Grant.
The requirement to seek ex-spouse’s consent during the three-year period from the date of divorce is also waived if you meet the following conditions:
- All your children are below 18 years old at the date of divorce; and
- You have the legal custody of all your children and are also the only parent with the care and control of all your children.
Bought an EC/DBSS Flat with CPF Housing Grant
A person who bought an EC or DBSS flat with CPF Housing Grant and terminated the Sale and Purchase Agreement may apply to buy an EC.
However, this is allowed on the condition that a 5-year period has lapsed from the termination date of the Sale & Purchase Agreement of their earlier EC or DBSS flat purchase, to the date of application date for an EC.
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