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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Supply of Hong Kong flats below HK$3m drops

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 11:27am by Sandy Li

    ... according to an agent at Wealth Property. She said there is a 400 sq ft flat at the 40-year-old Tak Yan Lau building on Tai Pa Street, just across from the Tsuen Wan Plaza shopping centre, being ... The building has no lift. Another is a 450 sq ft flat at Good View Building on Heung Wo Street, Tsuen Wan, being offered for HK$3 million, she said. For these old properties, she said buyers could only ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1593176/supply-hong-kong-flats-below-hk3m-drops
  2. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Developers may get revised guidelines urging clarity on fixed windows

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 05:06am by Olga Wong, SAMUEL CHAN

    ... and buffer flat occupants against street noise. Some windows can be opened for maintenance using removable handles, but the design is not always communicated clearly to homebuyers. The trend towards ... Yen Chow Street West and Yee Kuk Street. Eighty per cent of Trinity's flats keep within the traffic-noise limit of 70dB if all the windows are closed. The URA, in a 2007 letter, promised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1543207/developers-may-get-revised-guidelines-urging-clarity-fixed-windows
  3. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Fire hazards still riddle Fa Yuen Street despite repairs after blaze

    Posted Aug 24th 2012, 12:00am by MICHAEL AU, Clifford Lo

    ... in Fa Yuen Street Illegal construction work, blamed for the high death toll in the deadly Mong Kok blaze last year, is back in evidence at the fire-damaged building. Renovation is largely complete in the eight-storey building at 192-194 Fa Yuen Street, where nine people died and 34 were injured in a fire last November. But some flats have again been illegally subdivided ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1022161/fire-hazards-still-riddle-fa-yuen-street-despite-repairs-after-blaze
  4. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Street sleeper denied public housing after seven-year wait due to small mishap in forms

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 12:17pm by Jennifer Ngo, Phila Siu

    ... similar cases among street sleepers, who could not apply for public housing because they could not find their spouses to obtain a divorce. “If that was a problem, why did they not ask during all these years?” Tsang said. Sleeping on the street became harder after Yeung lost his leg last year. He said he had been looking forward to getting into his new flat, which he had visited a couple ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1381806/street-sleeper-denied-public-housing-after-seven-year-wait-due-small
  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

    ... residents. For his most recent eviction, Yeung received a week’s notice. Thanks to social workers he did not end up living on the streets. He has so far been unable to stay at any flat longer than ...

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

    Rising rents taking biggest toll on the poor

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

    ... preferring to roam the streets. He is now working as a cleaner and staying at the Salvation Army's temporary hostel. He will have to move out in a few months and he is not optimistic about ...

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

    To Kwa Wan residents may resort to court order in eviction fight

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... tenement block in To Kwa Wan may apply for a court order to stop the government from turning them out on Friday. That was the most immediate option for the residents who had hit a brick wall ... telling them to move out in fewer than 10 days from 51 Kai Ming Street. The notice said the balconies of their 56-year-old flats were structurally dangerous and should be knocked down. The elderly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1299868/evicted-residents-may-resort-court-order
  8. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    URA tackles more shabby blocks in owner-initiated projects

    Posted Jun 29th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... their acceptance within 75 days of the offers. Authority officials began yesterday to record the number of affected residents. On No8-10 Fuk Chak Street and No7-9 Li Tak Street in Tai Kok Tsui, the two blocks, located back-to-back, contain about 100 flats, while No25-31 Wong Chuk Street in Sham Shui Po holds about 96 flats. The URA is budgeting HK$1.3 billion to rework both projects, yielding ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1271300/ura-tackles-more-shabby-blocks-owner-initiated-projects
  9. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Eviction looms at 56-year-old To Kwa Wan block

    Posted Aug 23rd 2013, 12:00am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI, SAMUEL CHAN, Ernest Kao

    ... be served on the six-storey block on 51 Kai Ming Street by August 30. I haven't heard anything about our building being dangerous, but of course I'm scared. I don't want to move. ... the South China Morning Post observed in a visit. In one flat, the floor was slightly tilting towards the balcony and cracks were visible in the walls. All of the floors except for the fourth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1298664/eviction-looms-56-year-old-kwa-wan-block
  10. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Even the once-rich are reduced to living in squalor

    Posted Jan 02nd 2014, 02:58am by Austin Chiu

    ... in Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok. It was the deadliest blaze in the city in 15 years. Those living in the cramped flats had no way to escape the fire. Ho said that while his group still had no firm ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1395254/even-once-rich-are-reduced-living-squalor

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