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2018 Licensing and registration exercise for property agencies and agents

The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) has issued a media release today on the 2018 licensing and registration exercise for property agencies and agents.

As at 1 January 2018, there were 1,269 licensed property agencies and 28,571 registered property agents.

The number of licensed property agencies and registered property agents as at 1 January over the last three years is shown below:

As at

1 Jan 2016

As at

1 Jan 2017

As at
1 Jan 2018
Number of property agents 29,262 28,397 28,571
Number of property agencies 1,369 1,286 1,269

The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) issued 66 new property agency licences and 1,344 new property agent registrations throughout 2017. A total of 44 property agency licences and 2,028 property agent registrations lapsed after 31 December 2017.

Size of property agencies by number of agents as at 1 Jan 2018

Size of property agency

Number of property agencies

>500 agents


51-500 agents


31-50 agents


11-30 agents


1-10 agents



10 largest property agencies by size, as at 1 Jan 2018

Property agency

Number of property agents

PropNex Realty Pte Ltd


ERA Realty Network Pte Ltd


OrangeTee & Tie Pte Ltd


Huttons Asia Pte Ltd


KF Property Network Pte Ltd


SLP Scotia Pte Ltd


Savills Residential Pte Ltd


Global Alliance Property Pte Ltd


HSR International Realtors Pte Ltd


C & H Properties Pte Ltd


Source : CEA


URA, CEA look into possible rental violations

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) are currently investigating possible violations of the minimum rental period for private residential properties, reported The Business Times (BT).

“CEA and URA have been investigating the cases cited by The Business Times,” Chua Geck Siang, CEA’s Acting Deputy Director (Licensing), told the newspaper.

Under the URA’s guidelines, the leasing of an entire flat or rooms to residential tenants is only permitted for six months and above. Anything below that is only allowed for hotels and serviced apartments.

However, a BT report earlier this month revealed that some accommodation service providers have been offering short-term stays in private residential properties. They were able to skirt the agency’s rules due to the clever wording of the tenancy agreements.

For example, tenancy agreements issued by Uncharted Homes, on behalf of BS Shenton Pte Ltd, stipulate a tenancy period of at least six months, but come with a diplomatic clause permitting the tenant to rescind the contract without penalty.

Another accommodation service provider, LMB Housing Services, uses an open-ended agreement that lays down a minimum lease of six months without specifying the last date of stay. It also gives tenants the right to end the lease without incurring a penalty if they submit a termination letter 30 days before departing.

Despite these legal machinations, the URA pointed out that the rules were still broken if the units were rented out for less than six months.

Among the many service providers that offer short-term stays, the only other ones named in the BT report were International Service Apartments and Atas Residence, previously known as Overseas Students Placement Centre (OSPC).

Moreover, as the function of these accommodation service providers overlaps with the line of work of property agents, the operations of these firms raises the question of why they are not under the purview of the CEA.

Under the Estate Agents Act, entities and individuals doing estate agency work in Singapore must be licensed and registered with the CEA.