Subdivided flats

Key housing committee warns over rent controls, building on country parks

Wah Fu Estate in Po Fu Lam. The committee's report advised against building homes on country park land. Photo: Nora Tam

The government-appointed committee tasked with long-term planning for housing development in Hong Kong has expressed reservations about introducing rent controls and regulations for “subdivided flats” – and advised against using country park land for building homes.

Monday, 17 February, 2014, 7:09pm 3 comments

License subdivided flats and build 470,000 new flats over decade, says housing report

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

A committee studying Hong Kong’s long-term housing plans on Tuesday recommended introducing a licensing system for subdivided flats, dropping a proposal to impose rent controls, and setting a modest target for building more flats.

3 Sep 2013 - 8:16pm 2 comments

Factory dwellers appeal for inclusion in Community Care Fund subsidy

Community Care fund member Peter Cheung visits a man living in what looks like a cupboard in a Tai Kok Tsui factory. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Despite measures to cool the property market and help poor people since last July, housing remains a severe social problem for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration.

8 Jul 2013 - 7:29am 1 comment

Young cage home residents 'isolated from family'

A single mother plays with her daughter in the bedroom of an 80 square-foot sub-divided flat. Photo: Reuters

Amid the public housing crunch, single people earning a low wage are taking up residence in subdivided flats and cage homes, but the cheaper rent comes with a steep emotional price: isolation from loved ones.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am 1 comment

'Caged animals' with no other options

Henry Cheung, a 51-year-old cleaner, says his children don't know he is living in a subdivided flat in Sham Shui Po. Photo: Nora Tam

For some young single people who earn very little, subdivided homes are the only option when they can no longer stay at home because of family problems.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Letters to the Editor, June 3, 2013

A march against Monsanto in Los Angeles.Photo: AFP People

Alex Lo's column scolding the millions around the world who marched against Monsanto and its genetically modified crops ("Time to modify our stance on GM food", May 28) misses the point entirely.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 3 comments

Housing officials offer no solution to HK's subdivided flats problem

Many flat-dwellers have a living space of just 68 sq ft. Photo: May Tse

Housing officials could offer no solution to the problem of subdivided flats, which lawmakers yesterday said were a disgrace to the city.

At a meeting of the Legislative Council's subcommittee on long-term housing strategy, lawmakers said they were appalled by the severity of the problem revealed when government-commissioned research was made public earlier this week.

31 May 2013 - 4:33am 1 comment

Hong Kong's long road to better housing

Rehousing people who are forced to live in substandard, subdivided flats should be the priority of any developed society. Photo: AFP

Rehousing people who are forced to live in substandard, subdivided flats should be the priority of any developed society. Hong Kong has had a problem just counting these people accurately. According to the Census and Statistics Department the number fell from 58,300 in 2006 to 32,800 in 2011. Last October it put the figure at 69,400.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am 1 comment

All Around Town, April 11, 2013

Organisers Chu Yiu-ming (left), Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man.

Speaking may go down better than shouting

A few months ago, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying urged Hongkongers to "shout" at people who were hindering government policies. The call did not resonate with many, but Leung will soon have a better tool to drum up public support.

11 Apr 2013 - 4:28am

Residents welcome URA plan to rip down Sham Shui Po block

Seventy-year-old Cheng Lung-ming, who has lived in the same subdivided flat on Tonkin Street for over 20 years, applied for public housing a few days ago. Photo: Dickson Lee

A crumbling, heavily subdivided corner block in Sham Shui Po, built more than 50 years ago, will be replaced with a 25-storey development by 2021 under plans announced by the Urban Renewal Authority yesterday.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:15am 1 comment

City Digest, February 25, 2013

Two teenage girls from Hong Kong allegedly detained in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by men demanding compensation for a valuable vase they had broken are safe and expected to go home soon, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:27am

Letters to the Editor, February 20, 2013

Illegal parking is a rampant problem. Photo: David Wong

Mr Lo criticised me and the Civic Party for "jumping on the bandwagon" in uploading Lian's article on Facebook and inviting the chief executive to sue me for libel if indeed he had a case for libel.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:51am 2 comments

The pain of the squeezed middle class

The jaw-dropping rent rises also bother the middle class. Photo: David Wong

I am in shock. The person who put me in this state is my landlord who has informed me that my rent will go up by 40 per cent when the lease runs out. He recently bought the place from the previous owner, put me in a temporary flat, renovated mine and now wants to drain my wallet. I had heard horror stories of jaw-dropping rent rises but never thought it would happen to me.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am 3 comments

Government to survey subdivided flats, says Anthony Cheung

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. Photo: Sam Tsang

The government will conduct a comprehensive survey of subdivided flats and their tenants, to give advisers drawing up a long-term housing strategy more reliable data to work from.

11 Jan 2013 - 4:24am 4 comments

Housing undersecretary draws fire over remarks

Interior view of subdivided flats at Tai Kok Tsui. Photo: Dickson Lee

Irked legislators have criticised housing undersecretary Yau Shing-mu as "heartless" for his remarks that "subdivided flats" - widely regarded as substandard housing - should continue to exist and that some of these flats are "decently subdivided".

8 Jan 2013 - 6:37am