SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore said on Wednesday it is providing temporary relief for property developers hit by disruptions to construction and home sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic amid disrupted supply chains and manpower shortages.
The measures include allowing developers to extend the completion time for projects and a relaxation of a rule that penalises some firms for not building and selling homes in a timely fashion.
“The government will continue to ensure that prices for private residential properties remain broadly consistent with economic fundamentals,” authorities said.
Singapore has implemented a two-month social distancing “circuit breaker” aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus that is due to last until June 1.
“The circuit breaker measures put in place from 7 April 2020 also saw the suspension of work at construction sites, operations at housing developers’ sales galleries, and home viewings,” the government said.
Private home prices in Singapore fell 1% in the first quarter ahead of the stricter lockdown measures.
Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; editing by Nick Macfie