So yes, HDB flat sizes have shrunk in the past 3 decades – but it has not shrunk over the past 15 years – by Jessica Cheam

#housing

A few people have asked me if it’s really true that #HDB flats have not shrunk in the past 15 years. And why it doesn’t match a previous report I wrote in Nov last year on the same issue.

I’ve double checked with HDB and both reports are right – Minister Khaw is accurate in saying the flat size hasn’t changed in the past 15 years because the mid-90s was the last time that HDB changed flat sizes.

So, more accurately – The size of a four-room flat, for example, has been 90 sq m since the mid-90s. It was 100 sq m prior to that, and 105 sq m in the 1980s, according to HDB figures.

The table given to us by HDB in the Nov report used a more generic timeframe (1980s, 1990s, 2000s) to show the sizes over the decades. 

So yes, HDB flat sizes have shrunk in the past 3 decades – but it has not shrunk over the past 15 years. 

Hope this adds some clarity to the issue.

Jessica Cheam
Jessica is  housing and environment correspondent for The Straits Times, Singapore

*Related articles *

1.  Shrinking HDB flats due to need to maximise land and to adapt – by Jessica Cheam

2. HDB hasn’t shrunk flat sizes, says Khaw 

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