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Hong Kong scheme to help tenants in poor housing should continue: concern groups

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Hong Kong concern groups say pilot scheme to help those living in substandard flats pay their rent should be continued

Concern groups and experts say continuing rent subsidy scheme for those in substandard housing will help people while better housing is builtBut Legco member Vincent Cheng said enforcement of existing regulations should be tougher to deter lawbreakersHong Kong housingEdith LinPublished: 9:00am, 19 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Hong Kong authorities should continue a pilot cash allowance scheme to assist more subdivided flat tenants past its scheduled end next year, concern groups have said, while a lawmaker called for a firm timeline to get rid of substandard homes altogether.

The pressure groups were speaking on Monday, just a day after Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu revealed that the government was looking at potential solutions to the problem of subdivided units before next month’s policy address.

Lee, however, did not outline any of the ideas being considered.

Anthony Chiu Kwok-wai, the executive director of the Federation of Public Housing Estates, said the three-year cash allowance scheme had helped recipients to pay part of the rent for shoebox units, which are notorious for substandard conditions, poor hygiene and safety risks.

Chiu said he hoped that the government could turn the scheme into a permanent allowance as better replacement housing is constructed.

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