HDB investigates contractor for renovations that newspapers in balcony walls of HDB flat has crammed, Housing News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The Housing and Development Board (HDB) is investigating a contractor for renovation work that placed newspapers in the walls of an HDB building.

In a Facebook message on Sunday (August 19), HDB said it was warned of a video online with old newspapers in the side walls of the balcony.

HDB said that since then it has identified the unit, which was completed in 1984, and contacted the flat owner.

The video shows newspapers, tanned by age, filled in the walls.

A Facebook message from the video has received approximately 133,000 views and 3,000 shares since it was uploaded on Sunday.

HDB said that the flat owner had hired a rebuilding contractor to install windows in the balcony in 1999.

During the installation the contractor filled newspapers in the walls, HDB added.

The flat owner only discovered the filling when he recently decided to replace the windows.

After controls, HDB has confirmed that the flat is structurally sound. The walls have also been repaired, it added.

HDB said that it investigates the incident and takes action against the contractor for renovations if it turns out that he is in error.

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