Author: Kong Fanxu
2020-06-23 10:56Last update date: 2020-06-23 10:56
The Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) announced today (23) that tenants (including temporary permit holders) who are living in their public rental units pay general rent and receive rent concessions under the Rent Assistance (Rent Aid) Scheme Witnesses) will not be required to pay rent in July 2020, and the measure will benefit about 760,000 HA tenants.
The Housing Authority pointed out that if the tenant has short-term financial difficulties and fails to pay the rent in time, it can apply to the Housing Authority to postpone the issue of the eviction notice. (Profile picture)
The Financial Secretary’s Budget for 2020-21 announced on February 26 this year introduced a series of counter-cyclical measures, including paying one month’s rent for lower-income tenants living in public rental housing units of the HA . The Legislative Council passed the Appropriation Bill 2020 on May 14. The measures will benefit about 760,000 HA tenants. This measure does not apply to tenants who have to pay extra rent.
May apply to postpone the issuance of eviction notice
A spokesman for the HA said: "The government will pay the rent for July 2020 for HA tenants and temporary rent permit holders who pay general rent and are granted rent reductions under the rental assistance scheme. A notice will be sent out to all tenants and temporary permit holders to explain the arrangements."
In addition, due to the impact of the 2019 coronavirus epidemic, if tenants have short-term financial difficulties and fail to pay rent in time, they can apply to the HA to postpone the eviction notice. If the application is approved, the HA will this year From May to October, the relevant notices will be postponed to these tenants.
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