Letting Scheme for Subsidised Sale Developments with Premium Unpaid 2019 - Hong Kong Housing Society

A1. For details about the eligibility of the Owner / Tenant applicants, please refer to "About Application > Owner Application / Tenant Application > Application Eligibility" in this website.

A2. In regard to the designated subsidised sale developments of HS and HA, please visit “About Letting Scheme > Designated Developments” in this website and search by estate name or by district.

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Owners : Owner application commences from 18 November 2019 onwards, with no application deadline at this moment.  Applicants must submit their applications by hand, by post or through this website. About the application methods, please refer to “About Application > Owner Application > Application Methods” in this website. You can also click here to download Application Form and Application Guide for Owner, or click here to submit online application.

Tenants : Tenant application has been closed on 20 December 2019. Applicants are advised to keep copies of the Application Guide for Tenant for reference even after the applications are concluded.  Alternatively, digital copy of the Application Guide is available here to download.

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Owner Certificate : The application fee is HK$200. Payment methods will vary according to manners of submission. For details, please refer to “About Application > Owner Application > Application Methods" in this website.

Tenant Certificate : The application fee is HK$100. Payment methods will vary according to manners of submission. For details, please refer to “About Application > Tenant Application > Application Methods” in this website.

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Owners : Starting from 18 November 2019, Owners who are interested in applying for Owner Certificates can obtain the “Letting Scheme” introduction leaflet, Application Form and Application Guide during the office hours via the following locations or download from the designated website :

  1. Designated website of the "Letting Scheme": lettingscheme.hkhs.com ;
  2. Housing Society's Applications Section (address : G/F, Dragon Centre, 23 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong) ;
  3. Housing Society's Rental Estate Management Offices (Note 1) ; 
  4. Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of the Home Affairs Department (from 18 November 2019 to 20 December 2019) (Note 2)

Tenants : During the period from 9 December 2019 to 20 December 2019, persons who are interested in applying Tenant Certificates can obtain the "Letting Scheme" introduction leaflet, Application Form and Application Guide during the office hours via the above locations or download from the designated website lettingscheme.hkhs.com.

Note 1: Please visit https://www.hkhs.com/en/index for the office hours of Housing Society's Rental Estate Management Offices.

Note 2: Please visit https://www.had.gov.hk/en/index.htm for the office hours of Home Affairs Enquiry Centres.

A6. The Certificate Holders can conduct the matching process with the assistance of estate agent(s) or through The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS). Besides, they can pair up on their own through the online information sharing platform provided by Housing Society (expected to be available in the first quarter of 2020). Housing Society will not conduct matching for owners and tenants.

A7. The online information sharing platform is now available for holders of “Owner Certificate” and “Tenant Certificate” to use. For login, please click here.

A8. If there is no bedroom or only one bedroom in the flat as specified on the relevant "Owner Certificate", the "Owner Certificate" Holder can only let the entire flat to one "Tenant Certificate" Holder or The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS). If there are two or more bedrooms in the flat as specified on the relevant "Owner Certificate", the owner may (i) let one or more bedroom(s) to at most two "Tenant Certificate" Holders, and each "Tenant Certificate" Holder must rent at least one bedroom, or (ii) let the entire flat to one "Tenant Certificate" Holder or to the HKCSS.

A9. In general circumstances, all duly vetted applicant(s) and/or their family members listed on the Application Form must be the same as that on their application for Hong Kong Housing Authority's Public Rental Housing.  After moving in the rental flat, the tenants shall notify Hong Kong Housing Authority ("HA") of any household changes caused by birth, death or otherwise to make related applications according to the latest housing policies and procedures of HA.

A10. If "Tenant Certificate" Holder intends to rent Hong Kong Housing Authority (“HA”)’s flat/ bedroom(s) therein with premium unpaid as specified on the Owner Certificate, he/she must apply for a “Nomination Certificate” (Note) from HA for renting the flat/ certain bedroom(s) therein in accordance with the regulations of HA and must enter into the tenancy agreement with "Owner Certificate" Holder only after obtaining the “Nomination Certificate” from HA. Likewise, the “Organisation Certificate" Holder (The Hong Kong Council of Social Service) must apply for a “Nomination Certificate” if the flat belongs to HA’s subsidised sale flat, and must enter into the tenancy agreement with the "Owner Certificate" Holder only after obtaining the “Nomination Certificate” from HA.

Please note that under no circumstance does Housing Society guarantee that holders of "Tenant Certificate" or "Organisation Certificate" can successfully obtain a “Nomination Certificate” issued by HA.

Note: Regarding the application form and application guide of HA’s “Nomination Certificate”, please call on (852) 3162 0666, or visit the HA's website https://www.housingauthority.gov.hk/en or visit the Home Assistance Loan Unit of HA (address: Room 202, 2/F, Lung Cheung Office Block, 138 Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin , Kowloon) for any enquiries.

A11. The tenancy period is 2 years. At any time after the expiration of the first 12 months of the tenancy agreement, either party of the owner or the tenant shall be entitled to terminate the tenancy agreement by serving a 2 months’ notice in writing to other party. During the tenancy period, if the “Tenant Certificate” Holder and/or any family members listed on the relevant “Tenant Certificate” confirms acceptance of a Public Rental Housing unit allocated by Housing Authority or Housing Society, or directly, indirectly, or in any manner owns the title of a residential property in Hong Kong, the “Tenant Certificate” Holder must serve a 2 months’ notice to the owner to terminate the tenancy within 14 days (also applicable to the license agreement signed between The Hong Kong Council of Social Service and tenant). 

Please note that if the "Tenant Certificate" Holder terminates the tenancy agreement under this term, he/she shall not be required to make any compensation to the owner.

A12. "Owner Certificate” and “Tenant Certificate” Holders are required to use the “Prescribed Tenancy Agreement” provided by Housing Society if they agree the rental on the flat. It contains mandatory terms which cannot be modified or deleted, for instance, the owner shall declare in the tenancy agreement, “The owner(s) hereby declares, in his/her/their knowledge, when signing this agreement : the flat has not contravened the Buildings Ordinance or any notice or order or etc. issued under the Buildings Ordinance; and the flat has not contravened other legislations”.  Nevertheless, the Owner, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) and/or the Tenant may customise other relevant terms in the “Prescribed Tenancy Agreement” under mutual agreement.  In any event, the mandatory terms in the tenancy agreement prevail over the customised terms.  Please refer to “Home > Prescribed Tenancy Agreement and License Agreement” in this website for the templates of “Prescribed Tenancy Agreement” or click here to download.  

A13. The rent will be affected by several factors such as property age, district, floor, area and landscape of the flat.  Hence, it is more appropriate to let Owners, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) and Tenants negotiate and decide the rent.

A14. If the “Tenant Certificate” Holder passes away during the tenancy period, the owner shall permit the tenant’s family member(s) who is/are listed in the “Prescribed Tenancy Agreement” to reside in the flat/ bedroom(s) on the same terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement until the tenancy expiry date or the tenancy termination date (as the case may be).

A15. HKCSS or HKCSS Group, as the role of “sub-landlord”, facilitates the matching process between holders of "Owner Certificate" and/or "Tenant Certificate".  HKCSS or HKCSS Group can rent subsidised sale flats with premium unpaid from Owners holding valid "Owner Certificate" and permit valid holders of "Tenant Certificate" to use and occupy the said flats with premium unpaid (or individual bedroom(s) therein) as licensees by way of license agreement. Meanwhile, HKCSS will help tenants integrate into the new community by providing “Community-based” services.

A16. HKCSS or HKCSS Group will negotiate with owner to determine the rent of each individual flat.  Regarding subletting rent for tenant households, the rent of the sub-let flats under “Community Housing Movement” project will be determined with reference to the rent policy of the corresponding project.

A17. The tenancy agreement signed between the “Owner Certificate” Holder and HKCSS allows HKCSS to sub-let the flat to other tenants. However, the tenancy agreement signed between the holders of “Owner Certificate” and “Tenant Certificate” prohibits the Tenant from sub-letting the flat or individual bedroom(s) in any form (in whole or in part) to other tenants.  

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