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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    New home deal has Granny flat included

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 04:47am by Olga Wong, Yvonne Liu

    ... They can be relatives who need long-term health care." While declining to disclose the selling price and rental level, Mak said they would be set according to the market. The show flat in Cheung Sha Wan is open to the public from today ahead of the sales launch later this year. Mak said only one purchase per buyer would be allowed, and no purchases by companies would be permitted. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1356083/new-home-deal-has-granny-flat-included
  2. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Elderly Commission warns city needs more land to house its retirees

    Posted Nov 12th 2013, 04:53am by Olga Wong

    ... Shui Wai, are to be luxury estates, featuring personalised health care and housekeeping services. Due to the limited supply, the two types of housing are so popular that the two lower-end ... the public on two related policies; one to cope with problems linked to an ageing population and another on a long-term housing strategy. The mainland retirement policy referred to by Chan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1353623/elderly-commission-warns-city-needs-more-land-house-its-retirees
  3. News - China - HOUSING

    One dead in Ningbo apartment collapse

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

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Investigation after collapse of Ningbo apartment block kills woman An apartment building that officials said was home to 15 families collapsed near the port city of Ningbo yesterday morning, killing at least one resident ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1465145/one-dead-ningbo-apartment-collapse
  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. "The group looked at the financial health of the whole of Hong Kong but they don't understand the HA's difficulties," So said in an interview with the South China Morning Post. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1453093/housing-authority-chief-says-task-force-proposals-are-unrealistic
  5. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1436586/more-hong-kong-public-flat-tenants-caught-breaching-rules
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1455649/rising-rents-taking-biggest-toll-poor
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1454286/lantau-plans-may-help-tai-o-flat-sales-expert
  8. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1448826/lamma-quarry-plan-stokes-transport-fears
  9. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1448827/demand-will-ensure-private-flats-are-built-says-paul-chan
  10. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1444585/plight-hong-kongs-cage-home-dwellers-worse-now-25-years-ago

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