Wealthy tenants should be forced to move out of subsidised rental flats, leaving them for people who truly need the assistance, Housing Authority members said yesterday. Speaking at a special open meeting of the authority, they urged the government to reform the policy on wealthy tenants. Public housing tenants are required to have an asset and income evaluation only 10 years after they move in. But people too wealthy to qualify for housing assistance do not have to move out if they are willing to pay market-level rent. Members told the authority a means test should be conducted every two to five years, and rich tenants should have to move out. 'The authority should shorten the 10-year period to find out [who] is rich, and leave public housing to those who need [it],' said Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, the Liberal Party's representative at the authority. Members also debated whether the authority should stop allocating subsidised flats to young single people. Most members supported tightening the rule on singles, including the three representatives from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. But members of the Democratic and Liberal parties said that would be unfair and discriminatory towards single people. City University political science professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung criticised the Housing Department for 'demonising young singles'.