HUDC Housing Estates Act

(Original Enactment: Act 19 of 1984)

(30th March 1987)
An Act for the establishment of bodies corporate comprising the owners of flats in the housing estates known as HUDC housing estates to take over the maintenance and management of those estates from the Housing and Development Board, and for matters connected therewith.
[24th August 1984]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the HUDC Housing Estates Act.
2.—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“Board” means the Housing and Development Board constituted under section 3 of the Housing and Development Act [Cap. 129];
“body corporate” means a body corporate constituted under an order made by the Minister pursuant to section 3;
“Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Buildings appointed under section 3(1) of the Buildings and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Act [Cap. 30];
“committee” means the management committee of a body corporate;
“common property”, in relation to the subdivided buildings in a housing estate, means so much of the land leased by the Board to all the owners of the flats in the housing estate as tenants-in-common not being comprised in any flat in the estate leased by the Board to any person and includes —
(a)the foundations, columns, beams, supports, walls, roofs, lobbies, corridors, stairs, stairways, fire escapes, entrances and exits of the buildings;
(b)the roof and storage spaces;
(c)the central and appurtenant installations for services such as power, light, gas and water;
(d)escalators, lifts, water-tanks, pumps, motors, fans, compressors, ducts and all other apparatus and installations existing for common use;
(e)all the common facilities in the housing estate built for the use or enjoyment of the residents of the estate;
(f)car parks, recreational facilities, gardens and parking areas;
(g)directional signs and sign boards, guard-house and facilities for security guards; and
(h)all other parts of the land intended for the use or enjoyment of all the residents of the housing estate;
“company” means —
(a)a company, association or other body incorporated in or outside Singapore; or
(b)an unincorporated society, association or other body which under the law of its place of origin may hold property in the name of such society, association or body or in the name of its secretary or other officer duly appointed for that purpose;
“competent authority” means any one or more Government or statutory authorities empowered to approve plans for development or subdivision of any land or plans relating to the construction and use of any building under the Planning Act [Cap. 232] or under any other written law;
“flat” means a unit in any of the housing estates built on any of the parcels of land which are more particularly described in the First Schedule being a unit which is used as a separate dwelling or for commercial purposes;
“housing estate” means any housing estate built on any of the parcels of land which are more particularly described in the First Schedule;
“interest”, in relation to a flat, means any interest in land recognised as such by law, and includes an estate in land;
“land” includes land, freehold or leasehold, or of whatever tenure, whether or not held apart from the surface, and buildings or parts thereof (whether completed or otherwise and whether divided horizontally, vertically or in any other manner), and tenements and hereditaments, corporeal or incorporeal;
“member” means a member of a body corporate;
“owner”, in relation to a flat, means the owner for the time being of that flat having a leasehold estate in the flat created by a lease registered under the Land Titles Act [Cap. 157] and having an unexpired term of not less than 21 years computed from the date of lodgment of the lease with the Registrar (whether such lease has been created before, on or after the commencement of this Act);
“Registrar” means the Registrar of Titles appointed under the Land Titles Act;
“special resolution” means a resolution passed at a duly convened general meeting of a body corporate of which at least 14 days’ notice specifying the proposed resolution as a special resolution has been given and against which not more than 10% of the owners of all the flats in the housing estate concerned have cast their votes.
(2)  This Act shall apply to the housing estates which are built on the lands which are more particularly described in the First Schedule.