Rental of State Properties


Rental of State Properties

Vacant State properties not earmarked for immediate development are put up for rent in the interim period. These properties can be used for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional purposes. The rental of these properties is managed either by SLA or our managing agents.

  • SLA-managed properties, comprising mainly premises previously used for schools, community centres and camps, are generally available for rental through tender. Besides an open tender, SLA also conducts the Ideas Tender Scheme.
  • Agent-managed properties, mainly residential and commercial, can be rented directly from the agents.

View our State properties available for rental and make an on-line request for a site-showround at State Property Information Online (SPIO).

The tenure for State properties varies. Some are rented out through tenancies where the tenure depends on the development time-frame for the properties, while others are rented out through Temporary Occupation Licenses (TOLs). TOLs either cover a fixed short term or are renewable on a monthly or yearly basis.

Advice for prospective sub-tenants

Prospective sub-tenants of State properties are strongly encouraged to conduct due diligence checks on the main tenant before committing themselves to a sub-tenancy agreement. Please request for the following documents or information:

  • SLA’s written consent for sub-tenancy
  • List of approved uses for the property
  • Quantum for the percentage of approved use
  • Tenure of the property

Prospective sub-tenants should also seek legal advice before signing any sub-tenancy agreements.



Guide for tenderers

Prospective tenderers are advised to bid according to their assessment of the rent they are willing and able to pay. Past tender awards are provided to help you in your assessment.

View award listing from 2004
View Residential Property Rental Information for 2H2014 to 2H2016

No addition and alteration work are to be undertaken without the prior written approval of SLA and the relevant authorities. The tenant should engage professionals to submit plans, drawings and calculations to the relevant authorities for approval, before any addition and alteration works begins. Rentals may be revised following the completion of such work.

Successful tenderers are not allowed to sublet the properties without approval from SLA in writing, unless expressly provided for in the tenancy agreements


Ideas Tender Scheme

Entrepreneurs with new and innovative ideas on how State properties can be best used to fit their business strategies may see their ideas realised under our Ideas Tender Scheme. The scheme aims at recognising and encouraging businessmen and entrepreneurs to pursue innovative ideas for uses of State properties.

It allows businessmen and entrepreneurs to provide new or alternative ideas, instead of restricting them to the pre-approved uses. We will not reveal the ideas submitted in the tenders. The successful tenderer's idea can only be revealed at an appropriate time after the winning tender is awarded. This scheme is in line with the First Mover Framework and it safeguards the interest of all tenderers while allowing new or alternative ideas to be considered. Under this scheme, when a State property is put up for tender, businessmen and entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit their bids to use the property for any of the approved uses. In addition, they can also submit a maximum of two alternative offers. The idea that is selected must meet planning guidelines and be approved by the relevant authorities. Find out how the Ideas Tender Scheme works.


Tender of State properties for interim use
One of the ways State properties let out to private individuals or organisations is through an open Tender. This ensures that the process is fair and transparent.

State properties available for rent can be viewed at State Property Information Online (SPIO) website.


Invitation to Tender

When a State property is put up for tender, the property will be placed in the category “Available Now” and the invitation to tender announced and published in SPIO.

The Tender Documents can be purchased at $10.50 using NETS or cash card from the SLA Customer Service Centre (CSC) on level 12, 55 Newton Road. Alternatively, the Tender Documents can be downloaded from the SPIO website.

The closing date and time of the tender is stipulated in the Tender Documents and on the SPIO website.


Submission of Tender

Tender must be submitted in designated box located at the SLA CSC by the closing date and time as stated in the tender. The timing for the close of tender will be based on the official time displayed at SLA. Any tender submitted after the closing date and time will not be considered. The tender is to be submitted in a sealed envelope marked with the envelope label cover enclosed in the Tender Documents.

Items that must be included in the tender submission are:

  • Form of Tender
  • Tender Brief indicating your proposal for the use of the property and relevant experience in the operation/ management of business for the proposed use(s)
  • Tender deposit equivalent to one (1) month's rent (excluding GST) in the form of a cashier's order/ money order made in favour of the "Commissioner of Lands, SLA"
  • Latest printout from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) if you are tendering as a company, or a copy of your identity card if you are tendering as an individual
  • Latest audited financial statements for the past two (2) years if you are tendering as a company, or the latest income tax statement for the past two (2) years if you are tendering as an individual

A checklist of the items to be submitted can be found on the second last page of the Tender Documents.


Evaluation of Tender Submissions

In evaluating the bids submitted, we consider among other factors, the tendered price, concepts, proposed uses, track record and financial health of the bidders.

Shortlisted tenderers may be required to attend a tender interview


Acceptance of Tender

The successful tenderer will be informed via a letter of acceptance. The tender deposit will not be returned. Instead, the deposit will be used to offset the first month of rental payment following the expiry of the rent-free period.

The items to prepare will be indicated in the Letter of Acceptance. Specifically:

  • A security deposit of at least three (3) months of the tendered monthly rental is payable within 28 days after the date of Letter of Acceptance in the form of a cashier’s order, money order, banker’s guarantee, or Insurance Performance Bond / Guarantee issued by MAS-approved insurance companies. The security deposit quantum may increase to a maximum of six (6) months of rent.
  • Fire insurance policy for the quantum and period stated in the Tender Documents
  • GST payment of the first payable month’s rent in the form of a cashier’s order, money order, or cheque made in favour of the “Commissioner of Lands, SLA”
  • A certificate of Stamp Duty issued by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) for the original Tenancy Agreement
  • ACRA’s Registration of Companies Certificate
  • Duly completed GIRO and Direct Credit Authorisation Forms

Unsuccessful tenderers will also be notified and their tender deposits will be returned to them within 14 days after the award of tender.

A rent free period of three (3) months or less is given upon the commencement of the tenancy, depending on the tenure of the property.

No subletting of the property is allowed without the prior approval from SLA.

Interested parties who want to tender for State properties must refer to the Tender Document for more specific details regarding the tender and should inspect the property prior to making a tender submission.

A variation of the tender method is the Ideas Tender Scheme.


Short-term Rental of State Properties

SLA rents out vacant State lands and buildings through Temporary Occupation Licenses (TOLs) and Tenancy Agreements (TAs). TOLs are generally for a short fixed term or can be on a monthly or yearly renewable basis. TAs are for fixed terms, up to a maximum of three years per term.

TOLs and TAs can be issued for a range of uses such as worksites, site offices, mini fairs, trade expositions, carnivals, offices, schools, hospitals and places of worship amongst others.

Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) of State Land for worksite

Application form for the Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL)
Direct Debit Authorisation (GIRO) Form
Direct Credit Authorisation (DCA) Form: Applicable for 1st time applicants of Category B uses only. Please submit this form together with the TOL application form.
Fee: Temporary Occupation Licence Rate Table 
 

Effective 1 Oct 2014, SLA will be the single point of contact for all TOL applications on State land. You will not have to approach the Government agency that is managing the land. You can simply apply for TOL at APPLYTOL@SLA.gov.sg


Non-Renewable Temporary Occupation Licence (NRTOL) for one-off event

Non-renewable Temporary Occupation Licence (NRTOL) is a form of Temporary Occupation licence (TOL) issued for the use of State land and/or building for one-off event and for a fixed duration of not more than three months only. Examples of NRTOL uses include wayangs, religious celebrations, dinner event, trade fairs, fun fairs, carnivals, funeral wake, soil testing, location filming and other one-off short term events. Interested parties who want to use State land and/or building for such events can submit an application to the SLA.


Some Specific Requirements

Where the event site includes road reserve, clearance from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) must be obtained before the applicant submits an application to SLA.

Where the event site is within the Orchard Planning Area, clearance from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) must be obtained before the applicant submits an application to SLA.

For wayangs, religious celebrations and dinner events, the support of the Advisor to the grassroots organizations of the constituency where the event is to be held must be obtained. A letter of support from the Advisor is to be submitted together with the TOL application.

For funeral wakes, a copy of the death certificate must be produced. SLA will assist to process such applications expeditiously in view of the urgency of the situation. It may be approved on the day the application is received provided there is no prior commitment on the proposed site.


Procedure

The application for NRTOL must be made using the prescribed form with payment of the requisite processing fee.

In addition to the processing fee, a licence fee will be charged based on the TOL Rate Table. Where the use is not included in the TOL Rate Table, the fee will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

If additional day(s) are required for site preparation and site clearance besides the actual event day(s), it must be clearly indicated in the application form, for which a fee for site preparation and/or site clearance fee is chargeable.

Vacant State Properties for short-term rental

Looking to hold your event at an interesting place? You can rent one of our vacant State properties for a short period of not more than 90 days. These properties can be used for events like filming, exhibitions, fashion shows, pop-up restaurants and more.

Many of the State properties such as the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station are iconic and have a rich history and an inherent heritage value. Such properties, with their unique structures and locations, are attractive to the public looking to hold events with specific themes in mind.

Do refer to our list of vacant State properties for short term rental, which are updated regularly.

View properties available.

Late Payment Interest Rate

For any licence from or tenancy with, the Collector of Land Revenue, Singapore Land Authority, which has a provision stipulating that interest payable on any overdue payments of fees, rents and other charges shall be based on the prevailing late payment interest rate as determined by the Government of the Republic of Singapore from time to time to be applicable and chargeable on any such overdue payments, please refer to the Table set out below:


Period Prevailing Late Payment Interest Rate
With effect from 1st September 068% per annum
 With effect from 1st April 168.5% per annum
Pls kindly refer here for illustration.