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  1. News - China - HOUSING

    One dead in Ningbo apartment collapse

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 03:35am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... a building safety expert with Tsinghua University's department of civil engineering, said the apartment block suffered a "structural failure" based on photos of the scene. "A ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1465145/one-dead-ningbo-apartment-collapse
  2. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Lantau plans may help Tai O flat sales: expert

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 04:28am by Olga Wong

    ... professor in the University of Hong Kong's real estate and construction department. The remote location and lack of job opportunities nearby would significantly increase commuting times ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1454286/lantau-plans-may-help-tai-o-flat-sales-expert
  3. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Demand will ensure private flats are built, says Paul Chan

    Posted Mar 15th 2014, 04:11am by Olga Wong

    ... the Lands Department rejected all seven bids submitted for a prime site at Tai Po's Pak Shek Kok, next to the Science Park. The outcome came after the MTR Corporation turned down all three bids ... on traffic and community facilities. In the case of the Tai Po site, the government says all the bids failed to meet the department's reserve price. But developers complain the department has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1448827/demand-will-ensure-private-flats-are-built-says-paul-chan
  4. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    More Hong Kong public flat tenants caught breaching the rules

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 03:23am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... of objects. "The figures reflect, to a certain extent, the impact of the enhanced enforcement actions taken by the Housing Department," the Transport and Housing Bureau said in the report ... waiting list. But he said it was still not enough. "The 90 cases found in a year may not reflect the full picture … I suggest that more manpower should be given to the Housing Department ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1436586/more-hong-kong-public-flat-tenants-caught-breaching-rules
  5. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Buildings Department rethinks tenement plan

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 02:41pm by Olga Wong and Samuel Chan

    ... Olga Wong and Samuel Chan Residents still angry as they must leave homes for three weeks, with no promises of relocation Buildings Department rethinks tenement plan The residents of a To Kwa Wan tenement deemed unsafe may be able to stay in their homes, but they will still have to vacate them for three weeks. The Buildings Department acceded to residents' demands ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1300339/kwa-wan-residents-vow-stay-despite-eviction-notice
  6. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    More young people drawn to public rental housing

    Posted Jan 02nd 2014, 02:58am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com Housing Department survey finds rapidly increasing number of young people applying for rental housing in order to live on their own More young seeking public flats Steadily growing numbers of young people are applying for public rental housing, with most citing a desire to live on their own. This was shown by the Housing Department's latest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1395251/more-young-people-drawn-public-rental-housing
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    China's annual housing inflation accelerated in November despite cooling measures

    Posted Dec 18th 2013, 10:47am by Langi Chiang

    ... said. “The decision by a State Council meeting to consolidate the duties [between different government departments] of registering immovable property and set up a unified registration system ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1384941/annual-housing-inflation-accelerated-november-despite
  8. Property - International - HOUSING

    Permits for future US home construction surge 6.2 per cent

    Posted Nov 27th 2013, 03:33am by Reuters

    ... suggesting the housing market recovery remained intact despite recent signs of slowing down. The US Commerce Department said yesterday that building permits jumped 6.2 per cent month on month ... by at least a month, were up 13.9 per cent year on year last month. The department postponed the release of figures on housing starts and completions for September and October until December 18 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1366673/permits-future-us-home-construction-surge-62-cent
  9. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Hong Kong's subdivided flat dwellers pay more rent for smaller, substandard space

    Posted May 29th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... homes, found in old buildings in high-density urban areas, are mostly inhabited by low-income workers and new immigrants because of their typically convenient locations and low rents. But poor ... of about 150 sq ft, as calculated by the university's department of urban planning and design. Singapore's average is 300 sq ft per person and Shanghai's is 180 sq ft . The study ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1248501/hong-kongs-subdivided-flat-dwellers-pay-more-rent-less-space
  10. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    1,000 extra flats may be squeezed into Kai Tak site, says Paul Chan Mo-po

    Posted Nov 07th 2013, 05:07am by Candy Chan

    ... and Development Department had proposed a relaxation of development intensity for three sites. Plot ratio would be rise from 4.5 to 5.5, and the buildings' maximum permitted height would rise by 20 metres. The Housing Department proposes that the maximum plot ratio of the fourth site rise from 5 to 6 and the maximum permitted height would increase by 20 metres. The gross building area would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1349291/1000-extra-flats-may-be-squeezed-kai-tak-site-says-paul-chan-mo-po

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