Semi-Detached Houses

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Semi-Detached Houses

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Due to the limited land area of Singapore, the real estate industry together with the government has supported initiatives to expand the housing options in the region for residents and foreign nationals. This led to the development of other types of housing that can complement the limited number of detached houses in Singapore. An alternative for real estate shoppers in the market is the semi-detached house, a dwelling house that by design is partially attached on one side to another dwelling house.

Semi-detached houses in Singapore also cover semi-detached bungalows, the corner terrace house or semi-detached terrace house and the back-to-back semi-detached houses. The usual plan calls for two houses that form part of the semi-detached house, with a garden and a common sidewall that serves as the property boundary. By state requirements, semi-detached houses in Singapore should cover at least 200 sq meters with a plot width of at least 8 meters. While these types of housing are relatively cheaper than detached houses, it comes with trade-offs. For example, majority of semi-detached houses do not feature pools and the property owner will share the grounds with another property owner. This means that property owners should establish good relations with the other property owner.

Semi-detached houses are categorised under landed property in Singapore, together with terraced houses and detached houses. This means that foreigners and expats require a special procedure when investing in these properties. Permanent resident status is required and approval from the Land Authority is required to purchase a semi-detached house.

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Re-development of Semi-Detached Houses

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Just like other real estate properties in Singapore, semi-detached houses can be redeveloped subject to prevailing laws and regulations. The rules are now in place after the relaxation of plot sizes in 1991 and the increasing number of individual applications for re-development of semi-detached houses. If you plan to redevelop the property to accommodate more housing units, it is recommended to file a letter of approval, and inform the neighbours about the planned re-development.

The idea here is to pursue a re-development project that is acceptable for both parties. A semi-detached property in Singapore that boasts an area of 400 sq meters and width of 10 meter can be improved into a bungalow, if the remaining unit can be developed into another bungalow that satisfies the minimum size of 400 sq meters.

If you live in an area where a semi-detached house is permitted, this property can be developed into two new semi-detached properties if the lot features at least 16 meters in width, and the remaining part of the property can be turned into another bungalow that satisfies local laws. A semi-detached property can be re-developed into a terrace house as well, provided that the property will comply with minimum plot requires for terrace houses.

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Investing in Semi-Detached Houses

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There are different advantages and disadvantages when investing in semi-detached houses in Singapore. One benefit associated with this type of property is cost- a semi-detached property is relatively cheaper compared with a detached property. Also, the traditional lay-out calls for two houses, arranged side by side. There is a common fence and wall for both houses.

And since both houses share the same lot, wall and fence, individuals can discover that the design is a mirror image of the other. And since both houses will share the same wall, it is important for homeowners to establish friendly relations. It can be quite stressful and highly inconvenient if both owners of the houses do not see eye to eye. When investing in these types of properties in Singapore, it is recommended that one should be accommodating and diplomatic.

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