Tenants Purchase Scheme
Tenants Purchase Scheme (Chinese: 租者置其屋計劃; Jyutping: zou1 ze2 zi3 kei4 nguk1 gai3 waak6; TPS) is a scheme which allows tenants in public housing estates under Hong Kong Housing Authority to purchase their flats. The price is set to be much lower than the market prices of private flats and Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) owing to the age of flats and restriction on selling.
In November 2002, in response to a weak property market which was allegedly being distorted by public housing sales schemes, it was decided to terminate the TPS after the sale of the five estates under Phase 6B. The suspension of the HOS was announced at the same time.
In June 2004, phase 6A was announced for a total of about 25,000 units: the authority would sell 5,100 flats in Cheung Wah Estate in Fanling in June; flats in Lei Tung Estate, Po Lam Estate and Shan King Estate will be sold in stages by the end of 2004.
In May 2005, the Government announced the estates which would be in 6B, the final phase of the Tenants Purchase Scheme. 23,451 flats under the Housing Authority, comprising Cheung Fat Estate in Tsing Yi, Fu Shin Estate in Tai Po, Long Ping Estate in Yuen Long, Nam Cheong Estate in Sham Shui Po, and Tsui Lam Estate in Tseung Kwan O would be set for sale by the end of 2006.
- Right to Buy Scheme, similar public housing scheme in Great Britain
- Stephen Brown, Shackles off ... it's time for real reform Archived 2011-05-22 at the Wayback Machine., The Standard, November 14, 2002
- 25,000 HA flats up for sale, but no more loans Archived 2011-05-22 at the Wayback Machine., The Standard, June 3, 2004
- Michael Ng, 23,000 flats to go in final estate sale, The Standard, May 12, 2005
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