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  1. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    More than 100,000 families with children in queue for public rental flats

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 05:31am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com 100,000 children's families in queue for public rental flats The number of children whose families are in the queue for public housing has jumped 30 per cent in three years and now tops 100,000, a welfare group says. A family of four now has to wait six to seven years on average to be allocated a public rental flat despite a pledge by Chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580445/100000-children-queue-public-rental-flats
  2. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    No rush for bargain flats on Lantau with sky-high management fees

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 04:56am by FANNY FUNG

    ... for people and families too poor to buy privately but too well off for public housing. Some 12,500 applicants joined a ballot to buy the flats, with families that had at least one elderly member ... family lives in a 300 sq ft public rental flat in Sha Tin, said he was surprised to learn of the management fee, but decided to go ahead as the location and price were still attractive. "I ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581244/no-rush-bargain-flats-lantau-sky-high-management-fees
  3. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Panel suggests prefabricated housing for families in subdivided flats

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 01:07am by Olga Wong, NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Olga Wong and Ng Kang-chung Panel suggests temporary solution for those in subdivided flats Prefab flat plan for needy families Advisers have suggested building temporary housing on vacant sites for families living in subdivided flats. This is among recommendations released yesterday by the Long-term Housing Strategy Committee, which also cautioned against rent controls ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1429906/panel-suggests-prefabricated-housing-families-subdivided-flats
  4. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Rent control would ease burden of poorest, finds family services report

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 03:58am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Rent control can ease poor's burden: report The government is being urged to consider rent control measures after a family services report found they would benefit the poorest members of society. Commenting on a Christian Family Service Centre report that found poor families in the Kwun Tong area spent about half of their monthly household ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1430604/rent-control-would-ease-burden-poorest-finds-family-services-report
  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Gap between used home prices in Beijing, Shanghai continues to narrow

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 03:06pm by Langi Chiang

    ... family can buy. The central bank has urged lenders to speed up the approval of mortgage loans for buyers of first homes. "But commercial banks have been slow to respond," CTC said. Data ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1533942/gap-between-used-home-prices-beijing-shanghai-continues
  6. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Don't break up our family: residents

    Posted Sep 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Don't break up our family: residents For 16 years, the peaceful environment and good living conditions at Dills Corner have made it a desirable ... their community, which some see as family, by 2017. That's when the government plans to develop the two-storey building and its surrounds for more housing. Wong Wing-kin, 68, is one of the residents ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1301384/dont-break-our-family-residents
  7. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Misery for poor as Hong Kong landlords cram more families into tiny subdivided flats

    Posted Sep 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Emily Tsang, Stuart Lau

    ... I am very sad about it but there is nothing we can do." Another cubicle tenant said his family of four lived in a 100 sq ft space separated by wooden boards. The monthly rent for space, which has bedbugs, recently went up 9 per cent to HK$3,800. He said his family had been waiting for public housing for six years. Government data showed in 2012 there were 71,000 people living ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1301373/rent-tiny-flats-jumps-20pc-and-they-get-smaller
  8. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Young cage home residents 'isolated from family'

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Young cage home residents 'isolated from family' Amid the public housing crunch, single people earning a low wage are taking up residence in subdivided flats and cage homes, but the cheaper rent comes with a steep emotional price: isolation from loved ones. More than 70 per cent of people living in such cramped places say their families have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1262379/young-cage-home-residents-isolated-family
  9. News - China - HOUSING

    Evicted villagers stage mass break-in to seize new Beijing apartments ‘as compensation’

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 12:55pm by Keira Lu Huang

    ... the demolition of their former homes began in 1995. Under an original compensation plan, widely accepted by villagers at the time, a new property based on family size and the value of their demolished ... A villager told the Beijing Times he had five new flats coming after his eight-member family agreed to leave in 2008. He's only received two- even though the flats stand ready. As one might ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1517771/evicted-villagers-stage-mass-break-seize-new-apartments-compensation
  10. 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

    ... low-income families living in rented, sub-divided or substandard apartments across the city, about 90 per cent hoped for rent control measures to be introduced. Over 70 per cent of respondents were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1504425/my-flat-30-sq-ft-and-infested-bugs-poor-forced-dismal-housing-shows

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