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Paper eres2001_133:
Innovative real estate legislation to husband Singapore’s scarce natural resource

id eres2001_133
authors Christudason, Alice
year 2001
title Innovative real estate legislation to husband Singapore’s scarce natural resource
source 8th European Real Estate Society Conference (26-29 June 2001) Alicante, Spain
summary Government intervention has however, succeeded to a large extent in managing this seemingly intractable problem by putting into place an array of legislative measures. These are underpinned by a system of land administration and policy based on the English doctrine of tenures and estates in land which Singapore inherited as a result of colonisation in the early 19th century. The range of measures includes the leasehold being the dominant method of landholding, wide powers of compulsory land acquisition, the implementation of a public housing system for more than 87% of the nation’s population, the restriction on foreign ownership of residential property and planning and conservation legislation. In addition, there has recently been passed, highly controversial legislation affecting strata-title property ownership in Singapore which may call for a re-definition of the term `freehold’ tenure. This paper examines how the Government has grappled with this problem of land scarcity; in particular, it considers how innovative legislation, which has the underlying objective of allocating judiciously this scarce resource has been devised to regulate the real estate sector and optimise land use in Singapore.
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session Real Estate Regulation
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