Sengkang HDB corridor becomes warehouse, neighbour no choice but to move out

Sengkang HDB corridor becomes warehouse, neighbour no choice but to move out

A female resident in Sengkang has been using the corridor and lift landing area outside her HDB flat as her own “warehouse” to store her things such as cartons, mattresses, refrigerators, and cabinets in the past three years. Residents have made several complaints about this issue as they are worried about the potential safety hazards it might cause.

Residents living in block 228B of Compassvale Walk in Sengkang recently contacted the Shin Min Daily News, stating that a female resident had placed a lot of za-pa-lang items in the corridor outside the unit in recent years, obstructing the passageway, Zaobao reported.

A resident who did not want to be named said that the situation has been the same for nearly three years and even though the matter has been reported to the authorities, there has been no improvement so far.

Staircase is also full of things

When the reporter visited on the 8th of December, the reporter observed that there were at least hundreds of items piled up in the corridor of the HDB, including books, mattresses, refrigerators, cabinets, tables, chairs, large toy paper, boxes and so on. In addition, the staircase was also piled up with lots of items. Among them, there are at least 5 suitcases, occupying half of the area.

Based on observations, apart from the corridor, the unit of the resident responsible for the items was also filled with items.

According to some other Sengkang residents living there, it was revealed that the female resident lives in the unit next to the lift, and her belongings have resulted in only a 1m wide space along the corridor left for walking.

A resident shared that the female resident is a second-hand dealer who often collects second-hand goods and stacks them outside the corridor and lift entrances maciam it is her own “warehouse”.

He said that he has seen people coming to her unit to buy things from her, “Even though we take the lift very often, and while the accumulation of items doesn’t really affect us that much, however, if there is a fire or children running around, it can be a safety hazard.”

Told to clear the items

Reportedly, the female resident has received notification from the town council to clear out her items.

However, when asked if she would clear the items, the woman told the reporter that it was a private matter and refused to disclose what she would do next. She then asked the reporter to leave.

Neighbour moving out

According to Zaobao, a family had no choice but to move out as they were worried that her hoarding issue might cause a spread of disease.

A 60-year-old neighbour said the woman lived with her parents and started hoarding items three years ago, “For this reason, I have repeatedly reported the situation to the relevant authorities, and the authorities have also investigated many times and posted notices requesting female neighbours to remove her items.”

The female resident will clean up the items after receiving the notice, but they will start to pile up again after three days, said the neighbour.

“For this reason, I have repeatedly reported the situation to the relevant authorities, and the authorities have also investigated many times and posted notices requesting female neighbours to remove her items.”

The female resident will clean up the items after receiving the notice, but they will start to pile up again after three days.

“I have been scratched by the items before, and I often remind my young grandchildren at home to be careful when walking to avoid tripping. To avoid disputes with her, I have arranged to move out next month. During this pandemic, everyone should stay as long as possible, but she collects debris everywhere.”

Aiyo, got this type of neighbour really quite headache hor. But I think now the Sengkang MPs also not free to hiu (care) all these issues bah. They have a bigger daiji (ahem Raeesah Khan ahem) waiting for them to deal with.


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