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  1. Urban renewal review 'unfair to flat owners'

    Posted Nov 01st 2004, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui Don't penalise us for evicting tenants in targeted areas, tycoon's property firm says It would be unfair for the Urban Renewal Authority to penalise flat owners for removing their tenants in areas due for redevelopment, a property company controlled by tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung says. Yuen Fung Investment, which told tenants of Yue Man Mansion last month ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/476359/urban-renewal-review-unfair-flat-owners
  2. Rethink on payouts for urban renewal

    Posted Oct 26th 2004, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui If owners remove tenants to grab all the cash, compensation could be restricted The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) is reviewing its policies to deter flat-owners from removing ... month their leases would be terminated in a year. The compensation payable for resuming Yue Man Mansion- which is on the URA's priority list for renewal- will all go to the owner ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/475595/rethink-payouts-urban-renewal
  3. How land policies entrench urban blight and blinkered thinking

    Posted Aug 31st 2004, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake Van der Kamp LET ME SET it straight first of all that I think the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) has done something commendable by helping arrange better mortgage terms for owners of old buildings who spruce up those buildings. Seven banks have joined this URA-sponsored scheme and it will do a little to cure the urban blight of mouldering old apartment blocks whose owners ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/468500/how-land-policies-entrench-urban-blight-and-blinkered-thinking
  4. What will be the legacy of HK's development-blinded planners?

    Posted May 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of modernisation. In the name of progress and backed by the infamous Urban Renewal Authority they move forward with their obviously flawed plans backed only by the developers as supporters. Don't ... is a resounding 'no' from our entrusted planners. If their masterplans for urban development make money for the developers and add to the tax base then they have their short-term gains. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/681871/what-will-be-legacy-hks-development-blinded-planners
  5. Two land-use cases, different outcomes, and both of them right

    Posted Mar 01st 2006, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... portfolio concerns. The point about Fa Yuen Street is that the Urban Renewal Authority has had to reconsider its plans for redevelopment there. The cost of buying out the owners would be just too ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/538435/two-land-use-cases-different-outcomes-and-both-them-right
  6. Residents swapping flats must downsize

    Posted Feb 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Residents offered flat-for-flat compensation at the Pak Tai Street redevelopment project will have to opt for a new but smaller apartment, details unveiled yesterday by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) show. Two-thirds of flats being built by the authority on the Ma Tau Kok site and at Kai Tak would be cheap enough to be covered by owners' cash ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/993866/residents-swapping-flats-must-downsize
  7. URA gets an expensive taste of its own medicine as rising rent forces it to move

    Posted Apr 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... with Alex Lo Who says powerful public bodies are in collusion with giant developers? It seems even the mighty and deep-pocketed Urban Renewal Authority has become a victim of big landlords. Like many poorer tenants and flat owners it has forced out of their homes over the years, the URA has recently been kicked out of its long-time premises in Grand Millennium Plaza, Sheung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/965244/ura-gets-expensive-taste-its-own-medicine-rising-rent-forces-it-move
  8. URA to relocate Wing Lee St residents

    Posted Sep 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng The Urban Renewal Authority will arrange relocation for all tenants in Wing Lee Street, even if their landlords are unwilling to sell their properties to the authority for conservation. These tenants, if they do not qualify for public rental housing, will be housed for at least two years in an apartment block in Des Voeux Road West that the authority owns. The URA ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/725544/ura-relocate-wing-lee-st-residents
  9. Railway-driven development pushing rents up

    Posted Mar 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a developer refused to renew her lease. She has moved three times since then because of rising rents and pays HK$6,700 a month for a 380 sq ft flat in an old building. 'If the rent keeps rising, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/629266/railway-driven-development-pushing-rents
  10. Activist eyes rural homes scheme for urban poor

    Posted Dec 14th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... faded as prices kept soaring. Now Zou is back. A post on his blog and website yesterday told his fans- most of them working in urban areas and unable to afford urban housing prices- that a new, daring campaign would be launched in Guangzhou offering low-cost housing for more than 10,000 people. Rural villagers are permitted to build homes on residential plots, but urban outsiders cannot ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/733312/activist-eyes-rural-homes-scheme-urban-poor

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