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  • Dec 25, 2014
  • Updated: 12:04pm

Council House

Long wait for families to get public rental flats

Almost a third of 16,800 household allocated public rental housing in the past year had to wait longer than the target time of three years.

Some 13 per cent of those still on the waiting list have also waited for more than the target time.

Thursday, 27 October, 2011, 12:00am

74,600 government flats to be built in next 5 years

Nearly 75,000 government flats for low-income families will be built in the coming five years, according to the housing minister, who also indicated that the average waiting time of about three years for such families to move into the subsidised units would not change.

4 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Finance chief warns homebuyers to think about what they can afford

Would-be homeowners were issued a buyer-beware warning by the city's finance chief as prices continue to rise despite a raft of government measures to cool the market.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Young couples priced out of home market

Low-income families are being left behind in the battle to buy their own homes as soaring house prices push the cost of public and subsidised flats beyond their reach.

The story of Ann Kan, a young clerk who hoped to buy a flat with her fiance is typical.

22 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Rent-to-buy housing plan on Tsang's agenda

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is expected to unveil next month a new subsidised-housing plan under which people will be able to rent to buy, with rent paid counting towards the purchase price.

16 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Government intervenes to ease housing shortage

Relief is on the way for home-hunters struggling to find a place they can afford - the government announced yesterday that thousands of flats left over from two subsidised housing schemes will be put on sale.

16 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Fewer objects thrown from flats

Fewer cases of people throwing objects from high-rises in public housing estates have been recorded this year, an improvement that the government says is because of outdoor surveillance systems, staff patrols and a strict penalty system.

3 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

To revive, or not to revive? Steam rises in the great HOS debate

The supposedly defunct Home Ownership Scheme, the subsidised-flats purchasing system that was halted in 2002 to help stem the decline in the property market, still refuses to lie down.

29 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Space urged for activities in public blocks

A legislator has asked the Housing Authority to spare one or two floors in public-housing blocks for tenants to hold communal activities.

At a meeting yesterday of the Legislative Council housing panel, lawmakers asked for more creative building designs to enhance tenants' quality of life.

2 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Xiamen unveils scheme to boost affordable housing programme

Municipal authorities in Xiamen , Fujian , have unveiled a housing scheme to widen access to affordable homes, a move in line with efforts to shore up the broader mainland economy.

20 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Panel urges restart of housing schemes

Legislators call for resumption of the HOS

A motion was passed yesterday demanding a timetable from the government to resume the Home Ownership Scheme and to sell public housing to tenants.

The motion was passed, with nine votes in support and three against, in the Legislative Council housing panel meeting.

8 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Public flats may be sold under scheme

Sale of units considered to meet HOS demand

Public housing could become Home Ownership Scheme flats if the demand for the scheme's flats surges, the Housing Department chief said yesterday.

Housing Department director Thomas Chan Chun-yuen was speaking at a Legislative Council housing panel meeting.

8 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Minister cautious on return of HOS flats

Housing chief Eva Cheng Yu-wah sounded a cautious note yesterday about reviving a subsidised housing scheme suspended since 2002.

The minister told the Legislative Council's housing panel that relaunching the Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) would have a significant social impact. Thorough consultation would be needed before any policy change, she said.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Minister cautious on return of HOS flats

Housing chief Eva Cheng Yu-wah sounded a cautious note yesterday on reviving a subsidised housing scheme which has been suspended for five years.

The minister told the Legislative Council's housing panel that relaunching the Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) would have a significant social impact.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

No flip-flopping on housing scheme

The indefinite suspension of the Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) in 2002, as part of a package of measures, was intended to signal the government's intention to get out of the private property market. It was an integral part of moves to bring much-needed consistency and certainty to our city's housing policies.

5 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

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