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

Bedspace programme will improve standards

I am writing in response to the letter headlined, 'Government will have to outlaw cage homes' (South China Morning Post, August 26).

Bedspace apartments (BSAs) are private dwellings which provide bedspaces for people who, for economic and personal reasons, live in this type of basic, yet conveniently located, accommodation.

10 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Fatal blaze among many costly lessons

MANY will never forget the scene - just hours before Christmas 1990 - as flames roared through an old Shamshuipo cage home, killing seven, injuring more than 50 and making hundreds homeless.

Onlookers were shocked to see panic-stricken elderly residents trapped in premises crammed with cages and illegal structures, locked metal gates and rubbish piled high in stairwells.

28 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Bedspace owners granted reprieve

Cage home operators have been granted a reprieve from legislation that threatened to close them, just 12 days before it was due to take effect.

Director of Home Affairs Shelley Lau Lee Lai-kuen yesterday met about 40 operators who explained their difficulties improving fire safety to meet the new Bedspace Apartment Ordinance.

19 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Housing headache

In the recent spate of breast beating over plunging house prices, the reverse side of Hong Kong's property market has been forgotten. But yesterday's picture of the custom built homes for cagemen is a timely reminder that at the lower end of society, many have no homes at all.

3 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Cage families may miss rehousing

Families in cage homes are in danger because the official resettlement programme will only accept single people, a campaigner has warned.

Operators of cage homes, or bedspace apartments, are being forced to improve fire safety or close. Officials believe at least one-fifth of the 101 who have registered will fail the criteria.

2 Jun 1998 - 12:00am