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Measures in place to combat abuse of public housing resources: gov’t 

Over 3,000 households have either surrendered their flats or had it confiscated. 

Secretary for Housing Winnie Ho assured the public that there are measures in place to prevent abuse of the city’s public housing resources.

Ho added that the Housing Department has also collected evidence and strengthened collaboration between the various government departments to obtain key information more effectively and quickly to determine if there is any tenancy abuse.

Since the implementation of the revised Well-off Tenants Policies in 2017, about 3,200 households have surrendered or had their public rental housing (PRH) flats recovered.

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Households who surrendered their flats or had it confiscated include those whose household income or total net asset levels exceeded the stipulated limits, those with domestic properties in Hong Kong, those who have opted not to declare or those who have purchased flats under subsidised sale flat (SSF) schemes while paying extra rent.

Currently, there is no restriction on income, assets, or property ownership for PRH tenants who want to purchase SSFs with Green Form status.
 

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