$434m in public housing rates to be repaid to tenants
BILLY WONG WAI-YUK
A total of $434 million will be returned to public housing tenants by the Housing Authority to lessen their financial burden.
Some 670,000 families will have rates which they have already paid - an average of $522 per family - reimbursed for the period of April to June. The amount will be deducted from their rents in October.
The reduction of rents for households in urban areas such as Oi Man Estate will total $652, while the cut for Tuen Mun's Shan King Estate will be $361.
The Housing Department's chief management manager, Grace Lai Ng Suet-mui, said public unit rates had been determined by the Rating and Valuation Department on the block's value.
Tenants will be notified of the reimbursements next month. Those who have already moved out of housing estates will receive cheques. Former tenants who failed to leave forwarding addresses are requested to contact the department.
The measure also covers all shops and parking spaces in housing estates.