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Application Procedures (Green Form Status)

Here you can find the information on how to apply for the Certificate for Eligibility to Purchase (CEP) (Green Form Status) and Letter of Nomination (LN) . You can also read the important notes for applicants.

Application for Certificate of Eligibility to Purchase (Green Form Status)

Application forms for CEP and application guide are obtainable at the following offices:

  1. All Estate Offices / District Tenancy Management Offices

  2. Home Assistance Loan Unit
Housing Department
Room 202, 2/F, Lung Cheung Office Block
138 Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin
Kowloon

 

Tenants of domestic flats in public housing estates should submit their applications together with an application fee to their respective Estate Offices for verification. Households of the Public Rental Housing units under the Hong Kong Housing Society (HS), should upon completion of verification and obtaining endorsement of the application by HS, submit the application together with an application fee, photocopies of the HK Identity Cards of all family members and a copy of the Tenancy Agreement to the Office of Home Asistance Loan Unit (HALU)/HOS Secondary Market Scheme (HOSSMS) in person.  Applicants who are holders of a Green Form Certificate issued by the Housing Department (HD) should submit their applications together with an application fee, their valid Green Form Certificates, photocopies of their Identity Cards and documents as mentioned on the above certificates to the HALU. Recipients of Rent Allowance for the Elderly Scheme should submit their applications together with an application fee to the Applications Section of HD. The application fee shall be paid in the form of a crossed cheque / cashier order payable to the "Hong Kong Housing Authority" (existing rate is $760). A CEP, which is valid for twelve months from the date of issue, will be issued to the applicant after verification. Tenants of domestic flats in public housing estates, up to the date of signing the Provisional Agreement for Sale and Purchase, the applicant must still be an authorised public housing tenant. Applicants issued with a CEP, who are unable to sign a Provisional Agreement for Sale and Purchase (PASP) for the purchase of a flat in the HOS Secondary Market within the validity period of the Certificate but still wish to purchase a flat under the HOSSMS, must re-apply and pay the necessary fee again.

Application for Letter of Nomination

The purchaser and seller are required to produce valid supporting documents, such as a valid CEP on the part of purchaser and a valid Certificate of Availability for sale (CAS) on the part of seller, before PASP is signed. Before signing the Agreement for Sale and Purchase (ASP), the solicitor representing the purchaser should make application to the HD for a LN. The application should be forwarded to the Home Assistance Loan Unit at Room 202, 2/F, Lung Cheung Office Block, 138 Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, together with the following documents:

 

  1. The original of the seller's CAS;

  2. The original of the purchaser's valid CEP;

  3. A declaration made by the purchaser regarding his / her application for a LN;

  4. A photocopy of the PASP; and

  5. An application fee of $880 payable to the "Hong Kong Housing Authority" in the form of a cashier order or a cheque signed by a solicitors' firm.

 

Important Notes for Applicants
 
  • Should there be changes in the family circumstances after issue of CEP, the purchaser should notify the HD for amendment of record and verification of their eligibility;
  • When making transactions in the HOS Secondary Market, purchasers and the sellers are required to use prescribed form specified by the HA, including PASP, ASP and Deed of Assignment. Otherwise, legal documents for the transaction will be considered null and void, and the purchaser's title will consequently be affected;
  • Co-ownership is allowed for the flats under HOSSMS provided that it is a joint tenancy and that the joint tenants are the applicant and one of the adult family members listed in the application;
  • After execution of Deed of Assignment; domestic tenants of estates of the Housing Society (HS) should surrender their flats to the HS in accordance with the requirement of the HS. For Green Form Certificate holders, their application numbers would be cancelled and would not be allocated any public housing unit. The allowance for recipients of RAES would be automatically ceased after 60 days upon the execution of the Deed of Assignment;
  • Upon completion of the deed of assignment of the purchased flat concerned, tenant of public housing units and authorized resident of Interim Housing (IH) shall immediately serve a Notice to Quit to the HD to terminate the Tenancy Agreement / Temporary Tenancy Card in respect of the public housing unit / Interim Housing that they are residing in and deliver vacant possession of the said unit to the HA within 60 days or on / before the day on which the Tenancy Agreement / Temporary Tenancy Card is terminated. Tenants or authorized residents unable to return the unit within the specified period have to submit an application in advance to the HD for an extension of stay up to 30 days. If accepted, they will have to pay an occupation fee equal to three times the prevailing net rent of the unit plus rates. If the tenants / authorized residents have been paying market rent before the deadline for vacating the unit, the occupation fee for extended stay will be charged at either the rate of market rent or three times the prevailing net rent of the unit plus rates, whichever is the higher.
  • Purchasers shall not assign or sell any interest in the property or in the Provisional / Formal Agreement for Sale and Purchase to a third party before the transaction is completed;
  • Should there be any change of status as to render the purchaser ineligible for applying or the purchaser receive any subsidies provided by the HA or the HS, the purchaser would not be issued a LN;
  • Both purchasers and vendors should take into consideration of at least five working days required for LN application on deciding the date of signing ASP. It is suggested to allow 12 to 14 days between the signing up of PASP and ASP;
  • For purchasers joining "Staff Housing Loan Mortgage" provided by employers for purchasing of HOS Secondary Market flats, they should apply to the Director of Housing for approval before proceeding with mortgage arrangement. It normally takes at least 14 working days on processing the above application. Purchasers should take this into consideration before fixing the date of signing ASP and Deed of Assignment. Applications should be posted to the Home Assistance Loan Unit.
  • Home Assistance Loan Unit
    Housing Department
    Room 202, 2/F, Lung Cheung Office Block
    138 Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin
    Kowloon


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