Residential buildings are reflected in the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. The government is studying the feasibility of imposing a tax on vacant property, but will it be effective in increasingly housing supply? Photo: EPA-EFE Residential buildings are reflected in the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. The government is studying the feasibility of imposing a tax on vacant property, but will it be effective in increasingly housing supply? Photo: EPA-EFE
Residential buildings are reflected in the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. The government is studying the feasibility of imposing a tax on vacant property, but will it be effective in increasingly housing supply? Photo: EPA-EFE

Why is Hong Kong not protecting its people’s housing rights, as Vancouver does?

Albert Cheng says a tax on vacant property will do little to increase the supply of affordable housing. The Hong Kong government should learn from Vancouver, which has a raft of measures in place to ensure adequate housing for sale and rent

Topic |   Hong Kong housing
Residential buildings are reflected in the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. The government is studying the feasibility of imposing a tax on vacant property, but will it be effective in increasingly housing supply? Photo: EPA-EFE Residential buildings are reflected in the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. The government is studying the feasibility of imposing a tax on vacant property, but will it be effective in increasingly housing supply? Photo: EPA-EFE
Residential buildings are reflected in the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. The government is studying the feasibility of imposing a tax on vacant property, but will it be effective in increasingly housing supply? Photo: EPA-EFE
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