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  • Jul 23, 2014
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Subdivided flats

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

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

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 3 comments

Factory dwellers appeal for inclusion in Community Care Fund subsidy

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'

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

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

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

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. 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

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

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