Wong Kwong-wah, seen here in a photo taken on July 10, lives in a windowless 30 sq ft room in Sham Shui Po, and needs to turn on two fans in hot weather. Subdivided flats are cheaper to rent in absolute terms but are more expensive on a per square foot basis. Photo: Dickson Lee Wong Kwong-wah, seen here in a photo taken on July 10, lives in a windowless 30 sq ft room in Sham Shui Po, and needs to turn on two fans in hot weather. Subdivided flats are cheaper to rent in absolute terms but are more expensive on a per square foot basis. Photo: Dickson Lee
Wong Kwong-wah, seen here in a photo taken on July 10, lives in a windowless 30 sq ft room in Sham Shui Po, and needs to turn on two fans in hot weather. Subdivided flats are cheaper to rent in absolute terms but are more expensive on a per square foot basis. Photo: Dickson Lee
Bernard Chan
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Bernard Chan

Hong Kong’s rent control bill won’t please everyone but it’s a start

  • The tenancy control bill for subdivided flats does not alleviate the underlying issue of a shortage of affordable housing. But it would help people live more securely

Wong Kwong-wah, seen here in a photo taken on July 10, lives in a windowless 30 sq ft room in Sham Shui Po, and needs to turn on two fans in hot weather. Subdivided flats are cheaper to rent in absolute terms but are more expensive on a per square foot basis. Photo: Dickson Lee Wong Kwong-wah, seen here in a photo taken on July 10, lives in a windowless 30 sq ft room in Sham Shui Po, and needs to turn on two fans in hot weather. Subdivided flats are cheaper to rent in absolute terms but are more expensive on a per square foot basis. Photo: Dickson Lee
Wong Kwong-wah, seen here in a photo taken on July 10, lives in a windowless 30 sq ft room in Sham Shui Po, and needs to turn on two fans in hot weather. Subdivided flats are cheaper to rent in absolute terms but are more expensive on a per square foot basis. Photo: Dickson Lee
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