Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act

(Original Enactment: Act 4 of 1965)

(30th March 1987)
An Act for the licensing and control of housing developers.
[1st October 1965]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act.
2.—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“company” means any company incorporated, formed or registered under the provisions of the Companies Act [Cap. 50] or any corresponding previous written law;
“Controller” means the Controller of Housing appointed under section 3(1);
“develop” means to construct or cause to construct housing accommodation, including any building operations in, on, over or under the land for the purpose of erecting housing accommodation and the sale by a housing developer of land which would be appurtenant to such housing accommodation;
“housing accommodation” includes a building or tenement wholly or principally constructed, adapted or intended for human habitation or for human habitation and as business premises;
“housing developer” means any —
(b)group of persons, whether in partnership or otherwise;
(c)society, whether a co-operative society or otherwise;
(d)company; or
(e)limited liability partnership,
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who or which engages in or undertakes housing development, but does not include any —
(i)bank which is in possession of a valid licence granted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore under the Banking Act [Cap. 19];
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(ii)insurance company licensed under section 8 of the Insurance Act [Cap. 142],
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so long as such bank or insurance company only lends or provides money for housing development;
“housing development” means the business of —
(b)providing the money for developing or for the purchase of,
more than 4 units of housing accommodation; or
(c)developing and providing the money for the purchase of more than 4 units of housing accommodation resulting from such development;
“inspector” means an inspector appointed under section 3(2);
“licence” means a licence granted under section 4(4);
“licensed housing developer” means a housing developer holding a valid licence;
“limited liability partnership” and “limited liability partnership agreement” have the same meanings as in section 2(1) of the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2005 (Act 5 of 2005);
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“manager”, in relation to a limited liability partnership, has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2005;
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“partner”, in relation to a limited partnership, means a general partner as defined in the Limited Partnerships Act 2008.
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(2)  In this Act, unless it is expressly provided to the contrary, the words “group of persons” shall not include a partnership.
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Minister to appoint Controller and other officers
3.—(1)  The Minister shall appoint an officer to be styled the Controller of Housing for the purposes of this Act.
(2)  The Minister may appoint such number of inspectors and other officers and employees as he thinks necessary for the purposes of this Act.