I started collecting the PDF brochures of BTO projects in early 2010. Saving every brochure in my computer. And in 2013 I uploaded them on my website, making this page with hundreds links to each brochure… because HDB do not keep them available for more than 1-2 years, and we are needing them!
Beside BTO brochures, I also collected SBF floor plans of individual flats, which I was selling for money to cover my time needed to download all them (about 10 hours per SBF)
On 23 November 2016 I received an email from HDB regarding copyright infringement, requesting me to cease publication of floor plans, without specifying if they refer at SBF floor plans sold for money or at BTO brochures offered for free download.
I sent to HDB the following reply, apologizing for selling SBF floor plans for money and asking to keep BTO brochures for free download:
And they replied me after 4 months, answering NO even at my suggestion to keep BTO brochures for free download. They say that anyone interested can obtain information from HDB directly (is this real???)
I am sorry for all people who loved my website (especially people applying at Sale of Balance Flats and students doing research) but HDB do not appreciate my good intentions to help all Singaporeans by offering for FREE DOWNLOAD their BTO brochures that were offered on HDB website at the time of launch, also for FREE DOWNLOAD.