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AirBnB in Singapore

TLDR; Staying in AirBnB is not illegal in Singapore but it is a legal minefield for property owners. Enjoy your holiday by not being involved in legal cases. Much has been said in the featured post in the VisitSingapore Facebook group but I will highlight here again for those who are dismayed by the hotel prices and wanted to use AirBnB.

Renting out properties for less than 3 months is illegal in Singapore for the owners. And it is not allowed, period, for Government flats.

This rule has been set by the government since 2017 and is further confirmed in 2019.

Now the thing is WHY AirBnB continues to list Singapore properties despite this law? Simply because there are also legitimate request to rent the property for more than 3 months. AirBnB has shifted all legal issues to the owners of the listed properties so they have effectively indemnify themselves. At most you can only get back your money.

If the owners of such properties are found to be flouting the law, it will impact tourists in 4 ways

  1. You will be investigated and help with the investigation. That means 1 day is used up if they decided to raid the place during your stay.

  2. You won't be allowed to stay at the apartment (Happened to a New Zealand Family)

  3. You might NOT have a place to stay especially during peak periods (Christmas, F1, New Year's Eve) at a very short notice. And last minute check-ins are usually way more expensive.

  4. These 3 points will mean you will not have the right mood to enjoy your holiday.


TLDR; Staying in AirBnB is not illegal in Singapore but it is a legal minefield for property owners. Enjoy your holiday by not being involved in legal cases.

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