Home owners say they want freeze on fees

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 February, 1998, 12:00am

Most residents of Home Ownership Scheme flats want the Housing Authority to freeze management fees, according to a Democratic Party poll.

The party sent out 600 questionnaires and received 377 replies.

About 85 per cent of respondents said the Housing Authority should maintain management fees at their current level rather than add to their financial woes when it reviews the charges in April.

This latest call for fees to be frozen follows the authority's agreement to freeze public housing rents this year.

While 65.5 per cent of those surveyed did not consider the management fees they were paying to be value for money, they gave managers 6.4 out of 10 for overall estate administration.

Compounding their dissatisfaction was the $81.80 a month special management fee paid to the authority for daily maintenance.

Seventy-seven per cent of respondents said they considered the fee to be unreasonably high.

'The Authority collects $120 million in special management fees a year, but owners questioned if any improvements were done as a result,' party member Lee Wing-tat said.

An overwhelming majority - 91.2 per cent - wanted a maintenance fund to be set up.