URA orders a comprehensive survey on Airbnb-type rents

According to public consultation, URA received mixed reviews and will continue to scrutinize the conditions.

Based on the mixed results received through the public consultation, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has specially assigned a research organization to conduct a detailed survey of Singaporeans analyses on short-term accommodation, reported by the Straits Times. 

URA believed that the outcome of the survey would complement the feedback gathered from stakeholders through the public consultation exercise and meetings carried out earlier in the year.

Furthermore, URA received different comments during the public consultation with some claiming that the proposed regulations were inflexible, while others assumed that “rigid regulations were required, especially to address the issue of those that are not ready to have their residential buildings let out for short-term accommodation.” 

The URA spokesperson said, “We will continue to examine the condition carefully, before deciding on the next steps.”

According to the National Development Minister, Lawrence Wong believed that the Parliament new laws allowing Airbnb-style stays are not likely to be implemented soon.

Also, the three-month minimum stays for private accommodation remain valid; he said this in response to questions relating to the current review of a proposed framework for controlling short-term rents of private homes.

Wong believed that the public consultation carried out in May ended with mixed feedback.