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  1. 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

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Report shows more tenants are being caught using public housing illegally or throwing objects from flats as bureau steps up action Big rise in flouting of public flat rules The number of public flat tenants caught flouting rules has soared in the past four years, and housing policy observers say it may still be just the tip of the iceberg. ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Rising rents taking biggest toll on the poor

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 05:26am by LO WEI

    ... finding an affordable place. "I hope the government reintroduces rent control," he said. He is planning to apply for public housing once his wife, who is from the mainland, is issued ... of social security assistance or public housing. The Salvation Army interviewed 127 such people in December and January and found that the average monthly rent they paid was HK$3,000, a jump from ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Lantau plans may help Tai O flat sales: expert

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

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Lantau plans may help Tai O flat sales: expert Lantau's new status as a focus of government development plans will make 85 subsidised public flats in Tai ... Authority proposed converting one 12-storey public rental block on Lung Tin estate, built in 1995, to HOS flats as more than 80 per cent of the homes were vacant. Selling them would also save ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Housing Authority finance chief says task force proposals are ‘unrealistic’

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 11:27am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... of for-sale subsidised flats to public rental flats, and borrowing. But the chairman of the authority's finance committee, Professor Raymond So Wai-man, called the proposals unrealistic. ... As a self-financing statutory body, the authority draws revenue from the sale of Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) flats, rent from public housing, and income from commercial leasing and investment. But concern has ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Demand will ensure private flats are built, says Paul Chan

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

    ... came to nothing. The latest setback occurred on Thursday, when the Kwai Tsing district council shot down a government proposal to rezone three public sites in order to build 1,320 private ... to protect public interest. Land is a public asset and cannot be sold at an unreasonably low price." But he admitted that the department set land premiums based on the prevailing property market ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Plan to double Lamma Island's population stokes fears over higher ferry fares

    Posted Mar 15th 2014, 04:11am by FANNY FUNG

    ... the government unveiled a revised scheme for the 20-hectare site on the northern coast of Sok Kwu Wan. The project would include homes for 5,000 people and a tourist resort. A public consultation ... HK$28 to HK$29.80 on Sundays and public holidays. Some 1,200 private flats and 700 subsidised flats under the Home Ownership Scheme would be built, taking Lamma's population from 5,900 ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Plight of Hong Kong's cage-home dwellers 'worse now than 25 years ago'

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 04:28am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Ten-year queue for public housing put Tang Man-wai off even applying. He is one among many thousands who have grown used to life in a cage 30 years ... a cage home at The Space gallery on Hollywood Road. ArtWalk is an annual fundraising event in which over 60 galleries in Central open their doors to the public. Proceeds from ticket sales ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Welfare recipient bids for judicial review over 'inadequate' rent subsidy

    Posted Sep 08th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo, Simpson Cheung

    ... the 1990s the rates have been calculated as being 1.5 times the rent of public housing of the same size in the same district. But figures from the Rating and Valuation Department showed that average ... their rent. "Now, private housing rent is way more than 1.5 times public housing rent," Wong said. "The policy needs to be adjusted." Wong hoped that the case would increase ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    MTR Corp not pulling its weight on housing needs, says Paul Chan

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 11:37pm by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong and Yvonne Liu Government should not be only one trying to boost housing supply, says development chief, pushing plan for public flats on light-rail site MTR not pulling its ... to satisfy tender conditions. The rail giant now builds only private flats and is not required to provide any public housing. "We are considering the [subsidised housing] option seriously ...




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