We have frequently come across clients making inquiries about HDB directing them to apply through lawyers to the Court for Grant of Letter of Administration when their deceased parent holding the HDB flat as sole lessee owner.
If there are two co-owners who are holding the HDB flat as joint tenants, then if one of the co-owner passed away leaving behind a surviving co-owner, then there is no need for the Administrator or Executors to apply for Grant of Letter of Administration to administer the HDB flat. This is because the deceased co-owner’s share in the flat will pass to the surviving joint owner upon his death (even if he or she has made a Will).
If the deceased owner is holding the HDB flat as a tenant-in-common or sole lessee, the beneficiaries named in his or her Will (if any) or as set out in the Intestate Succession Act (no Will) will be entitled to his share in the flat.
For Muslim estates, the Syriah Court Inheritance Certificate will usually set out the beneficiaries entitled to inherit the deceased’s estate.
To be continue in Part 2 of 3. Please watch out for the second part of the article.
By Raymond Lim, Dedicated Divorce Lawyer & Professional La