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    Published August 6, 2008

    Sers scheme gets the thumbs up

    HDB's latest survey, completed last year, shows support for Sers at 85%


    RESIDENTS under the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) have shown strong support for the programme, said the Housing and Development Board (HDB) yesterday.

    Under Sers, selected old blocks of sold flats are redeveloped, and residents involved are rehoused in new and better flats nearby.

    HDB's latest survey, completed last year, showed that support for Sers stood at 85 per cent.

    The survey covered 1,019 households among 4,418 which had moved to 10 Sers replacement sites from 2001 to 2006.

    Under the category 'new replacement flats are value for money', the satisfaction level was 89 per cent.

    The new living environment at the Sers sites, encompassing the replacement flats, new blocks and common areas within the precincts, scored satisfaction levels of 80 per cent or more.

    Most residents were also pleased with Sers' role in retaining kinship and community ties.

    Seventy-two per cent of residents said relations with their neighbours had either improved or remained the same. Ninety- four per cent also expressed a sense of belonging to their estates.

    'The survey findings reaffirm the popularity of Sers among the residents. This is not surprising as Sers offers many attractive benefits,' said HDB's release yesterday.

    Among various benefits, Sers offers affected residents new homes which come with a fresh 99-year lease at a subsidised price.

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    Aug 6, 2008

    Support for Sers stays strong

    HDB poll: 85% nod for scheme where old estates are rebuilt while residents get new flats nearby

    By Fiona Chan, Property Reporter


    RESIDENTS affected by the Housing Board's Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) are still generally happy with the programme, according to an HDB survey.

    It polled 1,019 affected households between August and October last year and found that 85 per cent backed the scheme. This is about the same level as in 2005 but down from 90 per cent in 2003.

    Sers, launched in 1995, allows the HDB to tear down and rebuild older estates while rehousing existing residents in new flats nearby with modern facilities and a fresh 99-year lease.

    In the latest round of surveys, the households polled showed overwhelming satisfaction - well above 90 per cent - with the quality of their new blocks and lift lobbies.

    They were also pleased with the workmanship of the common areas within their new precincts.

    More than nine in 10 also said that the relocation allowed them to maintain their family and community ties, as their replacement flats were located near their old homes.

    But respondents were less happy about the quality of the individual flats, with the satisfaction level dipping to 77 per cent for the workmanship of walls and ceilings.

    In total, 4,418 households moved into their replacement flats from 2001 to 2006, the HDB said yesterday.

    Most had been living in three-room or smaller flats, but had upgraded because of Sers. Now, 89 per cent live in four- and five-room flats.

    The HDB said that its latest survey - the fourth it has conducted - reaffirmed the popularity of the Sers programme.

    This was 'not surprising', it added, as Sers offered residents a new home at a subsidised price and gave old estates a new lease on life.

    The HDB regularly conducts surveys of Sers-affected residents to gauge their satisfaction levels and support for Sers and to learn if the programme has affected community ties.

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