Foreign ownership

What is considered a foreign person?

 If you are not one of the following:
  • Singapore citizen;
  • Singapore company;
  • Singapore limited liability partnership; or Singapore society.

As a foreign person, you can only own properties with no restriction on foreign ownership.

Properties with no restriction on foreign ownership

  • Condominium unit;
  • Flat unit;
  • Strata landed house in an approved condominium development;
  • A leasehold estate in a landed residential property for a term not exceeding 7 years, including any further term which may be granted by way of an option for renewal;
  • Shophouse (for commercial use);
  • Industrial and commercial properties;
  • Hotel (registered under the provisions of the Hotels Act);

Properties with restriction on foreign ownership

  • Vacant residential land;
  • Terrace house;
  • Semi-detached house;
  • Bungalow/detached house;
  • Strata landed house which is not within an approved condominium development under the Planning Act (eg. townhouse or cluster house);
  • Shophouse (for non-commercial use);
  • Association premises;
  • Place of worship; and
  • Worker’s dormitory/service apartments/boarding house (not registered under the provisions of the Hotels Act).

In order to purchase the above properties, it is prerequisite to be a Singapore Citizen.