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A life of squalor with HK's poorest

A young social worker has been living in a tiny cubicle - 18 square feet - to learn what life is like in the city's partitioned flats.

Monday, 21 November, 2011, 12:00am

Relief subsidy to help with removal drive

A relief subsidy of up to HK$6,100 will be given to about 900 households living in unsafe or illegally converted subdivided flats in industrial buildings to help them move out, Chief Secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung announced yesterday.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Minister vows tighter checks on subdivided flats

The government has admitted doing an inadequate job of inspecting subdivided flats across the city, but vowed to improve building safety following last week's fire in Ma Tau Wai, which claimed four lives.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

$15,000 fine

A woman was fined $15,000 at Tsuen Wan Court after admitting operating three unlicensed bedspace apartments in Kwai Chung Road, the first conviction under the Bedspace Apartments Ordinance.

9 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Cagemen left out in cold

About 20 people have been made homeless because their cage homes were shut for failing to meet regulations, it was claimed yesterday.

The men sleep outside San Po Kong post office at night and sit in a nearby park during the day since their homes closed down last December.

Lee Hai, 45, a welfare recipient, said he could not afford to pay rent.

24 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Cage-dwelling families won't be settled together when unlicensed homes close

Cage-home dwellers will not be resettled as families after their homes are torn down.

Deputy Director of Home Affairs Augustine Cheng Luk-shan said yesterday couples and family tenants who were living in unlicensed cage homes fell outside the department's jurisdiction for resettlement.

26 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Undercover blitz on illegal cage homes

Undercover investigators will be used in a crackdown on unlicensed cage homes.

The Home Affairs Department will train hundreds of temporary staff to locate illegal cage homes in private properties, officials said.

2 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Not an alternative to public housing policy

I refer to the letter from Dr John Tse Wing-ling, which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on September 22, and would like to state the Government's policy on bedspace apartments and the progress of implementation of the Bedspace Apartments Ordinance.

2 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Activists identify illegal cage homes

Social activists issued their own list of cage homes after officials claimed they were powerless to track the homes down.

The activists said the Government was irresponsible in its failure to act against homes in which thousands lived in conditions similar to a dog kennel.

17 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

'Flats were home to dozens of people'

Flat E on the first floor, where the fire was believed to have started, housed more than 20 people, including couples and single elderly men, printing worker Pang Man-kai said.

The 500 sq ft unit had four bunk beds in one room, plus 13 additional bunk beds in six partitioned rooms in an illegally built covered area on the podium.

15 Sep 1998 - 12:00am