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  1. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    24 sites reserved for public housing sold to developers, says report

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:30am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Public housing land sold to developers: report Despite long queues for public housing and a shortage of land, 24 plots of land originally reserved for public housing were returned to the government between 2001 and 2013 and eventually sold to developers or converted to other uses. A report released by the Legislative Council Public Accounts ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Prices rise amid tight supply of flats as sales decrease

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 02:56pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Sales down, prices up in tight market for flats Tight housing supply led to a decrease in secondary home sales in Hong Kong last week, but prices continue to rise. Data from Ricacorp Properties showed that for the week to Sunday, 166 second-hand flats were sold in the 50 largest private housing estates it monitors, the fewest in 15 weeks and down 17 ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    High management fees likely for single-block developments, say property specialists

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:42am by Olga Wong

    ... a square foot, is higher than the HK$3 per sq ft paid at luxury Pok Fu Lam estate Bel-Air. The Housing Authority, which runs the Tai O project, said the high cost was due to a small number of flats ... land-sale programme for private flats or proposed for rezoning to build subsidised HOS flats. "The approach of adding housing regardless how small a site is should be discarded," ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Kwai Tsing council rejects government's housing plans

    Posted May 09th 2014, 03:36am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Kwai Tsing council turns down housing plan District councillors have dealt a setback to government plans to build about 13,500 public flats in Kwai ... the noise problem can be solved," Undersecretary for Development Eric Ma Siu-cheung said. Asked if he was confident the government would meet its public housing target, he said: "We ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    'My flat is 30 sq ft and infested with bugs': Poor forced into dismal housing shows need for rent control

    Posted May 04th 2014, 09:11pm by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... and budgets about half that for his housing. That tends to get him a 30 to 40 sq ft cubicle, windowless and infested with bedbugs. “The so-called home is more like a store room where I put my ... on a waiting list for public housing and more than 80 per cent had applied for help from the Community Care Fund. The Alliance for Concerning Grassroots Housing Rights, one of the pressure groups ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    'Non-elderly' singles may get priority for rental flats

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng and Dennis Chong

    ... Joyce Ng and Dennis Chong 'Non-elderly' singles may get priority for rental flats A high-level housing committee will meet today to discuss ways to allow middle-aged single ... in December. Typically low-wage workers living in subdivided flats, they are considered to have urgent housing needs. But they have to wait longer than family applicants and those older than 60 who ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Veteran planner Cookson Smith can't see point of new border town

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Post- arose from measures announced in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address to build up the government's land reserve and tackle an acute housing shortage. The proposals ... areas, he urged the government to review its small-house policy and use land reserved for such houses to build flats instead. He said he had advised the government in the 1980s to provide proper ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Pregnancy puts eviction from Sham Shui Po rooftop on hold

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... and a private case." None of the residents were on government welfare of any kind and only one family was in line for public housing before the legal troubles began, said Sze Lai-shan, of the non-profit Society for Community Organisation. Most of the families added their names to the public housing queue when the legal row began. Rooftop homes- tin or concrete huts built atop tenements- ...

  9. News - China Insider - HOUSING

    Younger generation in Beijing increasingly dependent on parents for housing, poll says

    Posted Apr 29th 2014, 06:22pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com Soaring housing prices in Beijing have taken a heavy toll on the younger generation, forcing many to increasingly depend on their ageing parents for housing, a latest study has revealed. Over 76 per cent of college graduates in employment under the age of 34 do not own their own house, with one in four of these living with their parents, according ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Lawmakers call for study into return of rent controls to protect tenants

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 03:42am by Olga Wong

    ... that doing so could rebound on tenants. Seven of nine members at a meeting of the Legislative Council housing panel yesterday backed a motion calling for a study. Supporters of the motion said ... in the city have jumped by about 67 per cent since 2008/09. Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said the government had yet to make a decision on the matter. The report ...




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