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Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II PROHIBITION ON PURCHASE OR ACQUISITION OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY BY FOREIGN PERSONS

Part III APPROVAL TO PURCHASE, ACQUIRE OR RETAIN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

Part IV MISCELLANEOUS

FIRST SCHEDULE Description of subdivided buildings

SECOND SCHEDULE Description of flats

Legislative History

 
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Prohibition on transfer to, or purchase or acquisition by, foreign persons of residential property
3.
—(1)  Except as provided in this Act —
(a)
no person shall, whether for consideration or by way of gift inter vivos or otherwise, transfer any residential property or any estate or interest therein to any foreign person;
(b)
no person shall create any trust for sale in respect of any residential property or any estate or interest therein in favour of any foreign person; and
(c)
no foreign person shall purchase or acquire any residential property or any estate or interest therein except by way of a mortgage, charge or reconveyance.
(2)  Any —
(a)
transfer of any residential property or of any estate or interest therein by any person to a foreign person made in contravention of subsection (1)(a);
(b)
trust for sale in respect of any residential property or any estate or interest therein created by any person in favour of any foreign person in contravention of subsection (1)(b); and
(c)
purchase or acquisition of any residential property or of any estate or interest therein by any foreign person, except by way of a mortgage, charge or reconveyance, made in contravention of subsection (1)(c),
shall be null and void.
(3)  No estate or interest in any residential property belonging to a deceased person who dies on or after 11th September 1973 shall pass by bequest, succession or inheritance to any foreign person who is beneficially entitled under a will or under any written law governing intestate succession.
(4)  Where a foreign person would, but for subsection (3), be beneficially entitled to an estate or interest in residential property, the legal personal representatives to whom probate or letters of administration are granted in respect of such residential property shall, subject to subsection (5), be bound to sell such estate or interest in the residential property to a citizen or an approved purchaser within a period of 5 years from the date of the death of the deceased person, or within any extension thereof allowed under subsection (12), and upon such sale to pay, subject to the law of wills and intestate succession, the proceeds thereof, less any expenses necessarily incurred on such sale or by reason of the administration of a deceased’s estate, to or for or on behalf of the foreign person so beneficially entitled.
[35/2010 wef 17/01/2011]
(5)  Where the legal personal representatives have not sold, or have not been able to sell, the estate or interest in the residential property within the period specified in subsection (4), the legal personal representatives or the trustees of the will or estate of the deceased person for the time being shall furnish to the Controller (within such period not exceeding 6 months as the Controller may require) a statement setting out the particulars of the residential property which has not been sold, giving reasons for their failure or omission to sell.
(6)  The Controller shall, after receipt of such statement or where no such statement has been received within the time specified, seek the direction of the Minister, and the Minister may issue to the Controller a notice to attach and sell the residential property, and a copy of such notice shall be served on —
(a)
the legal personal representatives to whom probate or letters of administration have been granted in respect of the residential property in question; and
(b)
the subsisting mortgagees or chargees (if any) of the residential property who appear as such in the relevant records in the Land Titles Registry or the Registry of Deeds of the Authority, as the case may be.
[9/2006]
(7)  [Deleted by Act 9 of 2006]
(8)  [Deleted by Act 9 of 2006]
(9)  [Deleted by Act 9 of 2006]
(10)  Where the Controller has sold the residential property pursuant to the notice to attach and sell under subsection (6), the Controller shall pay the proceeds of the sale less any costs incurred to the legal personal representatives or the trustees of the will or estate of the deceased person for the time being and upon the acknowledgment of the receipt of such proceeds of sale by the legal personal representatives or the trustees, the Controller shall be discharged from all liability in respect of the application of the proceeds of sale; or the Controller, if he is unable to make payment of the proceeds of sale and to obtain such acknowledgment as aforesaid, may make payment into court of such proceeds of sale less all costs incurred thereby.
[9/2006]
(11)  Where payment of the proceeds of sale has been made by the Controller as provided in subsection (10), every foreign person beneficially entitled under a will or by intestate succession shall be entitled to receive and shall be paid such proceeds of sale by the legal personal representatives or trustees of the will or estate of the deceased person for the time being, and in any case where the proceeds of sale have been paid into court, that foreign person shall be entitled to make application to court for payment out of court of the proceeds of sale to be made to him, and the payment of the proceeds of sale in either case shall be in accordance with the terms of the will or the law of wills or intestate succession, as the case may be.
(12)  Notwithstanding subsections (4) and (6), the Controller may, after receipt of the statement referred to in subsections (5) and (6), with the approval of the Minister, allow such extension of time, as the Controller may think fit, for the sale of the estate or interest in such residential property.
(12A)  The Controller may, when allowing an extension of time under subsection (12), impose such conditions as he thinks fit, including a condition that the legal personal representatives shall provide such security as may be determined by the Controller for the purposes of complying with any condition imposed by the Controller.
[35/2010 wef 17/01/2011]
(12B)  If the legal personal representatives fail to comply with any of the conditions imposed by the Controller under subsection (12A), the Controller may forfeit (in part or whole) the security provided by the legal personal representatives under this section, after giving 21 days’ notice in writing to the legal personal representatives of his intention to forfeit the security and the grounds thereof.
[35/2010 wef 17/01/2011]
(12C)  The legal personal representatives may, upon receipt of the notice under subsection (12B), appeal to the Minister within 3 months from the date of that notice.
[35/2010 wef 17/01/2011]
(12D)  The Minister may determine an appeal under subsection (12C) by confirming or varying the Controller’s decision to forfeit the security, or by ordering the refund (in part or whole) of any security forfeited under subsection (12B); and the decision of the Minister on any such appeal shall be final and shall not be called in question in any court.
[35/2010 wef 17/01/2011]
(13)  The provisions of this Act shall not apply to a foreign person who is a surviving joint tenant of any estate or interest in land.
[9/2006]
(14)  In this section, “letters of administration” and “probate” have the same meanings as in the Probate and Administration Act (Cap. 251).