A Power of Attorney (POA) is needed if you wish to appoint a person to act on your behalf. This article outlines some essential information about POAs, such as who may act as your Power of Attorney and what power he or she may have.
When it comes to a Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat, there are many situations wherein you might need an HDB POA:
For BTO flats, there are three primary elements:
When a BTO buyer is not available to attend to any of these three matters, he or she may appoint someone else to do it. In this case, a buyer will need to use a HDB POA.
When buying and selling HDB flats, the buyer typically must be present to sign some important documents. However, he or she may also authorise an HDB POA to do it on his or her behalf.
Examples of such documents include:
A standard procedure must be followed to acquire an HDB POA. The three main types of HDB POA are:
A lawyer will prepare the specific kind of HDB POA you need. Each HDB POA should be able to meet the needs of the client giving the authorisation.
The HDB POA should contain the following details:
It is the lawyer’s role to draft the POA and witness the client’s signature. If the client is leaving Singapore, he or she must first sign the document before leaving. This needs to be done before a notary public in the country that he or she resides in.
The client then couriers the original document to his or her lawyer, and the lawyer may file the POA with the Supreme Court.
When registering the POA, the client and lawyer must submit at least one of the following documents to the HDB: