On Monday, 11th April, buyers of flats in three BTO developments were informed of delays to the completion of their homes by HDB.
The disappointed buyers, who purchased units in the Tampines GreenCourt, Clementi NorthArc and Woodleigh Hillside developments, were told they would now have to wait an additional three to six months from the original date of completion for their homes to be ready.
The Woodleigh Hillside development
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The projects, which were launched between Feb-Nov 2017, were originally slated for completion by mid-2022. For their accessibility, and close proximity to amenities like malls, schools and eateries, all three were popular choices among prospective home buyers at launch.
All three developments are located just minutes from an MRT station – Woodleigh Hillside is closest to Bartley, Clementi NorthArc to Clementi and Tampines Greencourt to Tampines.
Why the delay for these HDB BTOs?
The delay can largely be attributed to supply chain issues caused by the pandemic – the worsening COVID-19 situation in China, one of the primary exporters of raw materials used to construct the flats, makes it difficult to estimate when the flats can be completed.
The Clementi NorthArc development
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This delay is further exacerbated by development-specific challenges, such as on-site construction difficulties and availability of manpower. Still, this is considered a relatively mild delay, as the three to six month delay is half that of the six to 12 months normally expected.
HDB is working to make accommodations in the meantime
In the meantime, HDB is working to make accommodations for those affected by the delay. Other than efforts to expedite the construction process, HDB is looking to assist those unable to stay with family or friends while waiting with securing temporary accommodation.
HDB is also considering waiving any forfeiture penalties for those who wish to pursue alternative housing options, such as resale flats, in light of the delay.
Cover image adapted from: 99.co