Sales of remaining flats at the troubled Tin Shui Wai Home Ownership Scheme project could be delayed as the Housing Authority seeks to regain public confidence after a series of building scandals. Acting Assistant Director of Housing Lai Ng Suet-mui said yesterday the authority would consider withholding sales at Tin Fu Court, where all four blocks were found to be liable to foundation subsidence. 'Since the public is anxious about the quality of the buildings, there may be no point in bringing out those flats for sale again,' she said. Most of the flats were near completion but would only be put up for sale when all repair work was complete and the authority was confident enough to give the go-ahead, Mrs Lai said. The work could take months and it was not known if it would delay the project's final completion date, which is scheduled for next year. Flats at the project went on sale in two phases, last year and this. Of the 800 flats sold prior to the full disclosure of the subsidence problems, 38 per cent of owners had sought and been given a deposit refund, Mrs Lai said. A series of foundation and piling scandal problems have arisen over the past year, including faulty piling at two blocks in Yuen Chau Kok, Sha Tin. The blocks will have to be demolished. Meanwhile, a total of 28,788 applications were received for 3,954 new flats in two residential projects in Stanley and Shau Kei Wan, sold in the latest Home Ownership Scheme phase. 'The subscription rate is seven times the number of new flats on offer. This demonstrates a continued demand for the scheme from the public,' Mrs Lai said. Dr Rebecca Chiu Lai-har, a member of the Home Ownership Committee of the Housing Authority, supported the claim. She said that despite falling property prices, many applicants who were eligible for the scheme were still unable to afford homes in the private sector.