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HOS Flat Owners

According to the Housing Ordinance (Cap. 283), owners of HOS / PSPS flats shall not sell, let, mortgage or in any way alienate or part with possession of the flat within the 5-year alienation restriction period or after the said period without paying the premium. If owners wish to mortgage / remortgage their flats within the 5-year restriction period or after the said period without paying the premium, prior approval must be obtained from the Director of Housing who may impose such terms and conditions as he thinks fit in giving his approval. The terms and conditions must be complied with when the flat is mortgaged for the refinancing. Refinancing will only be allowed in cases of financial hardship in which an immediate sum of money is needed to meet personal or family expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as:

  • medical;
  • funeral expenses;
  • education expenses for family members;
  • payment of flat purchase price or maintenance costs to spouse as a result of divorce / separation;
  • financial hardship arising from business or commercial activities.

Refinancing application on other grounds (such as personal financial problems) would be considered based on individual situation. After approval of refinancing application, it still rests on HOS / PSPS flat owners to apply for the allowable refinancing loans from banks or deposit-taking companies licensed or registered under the Banking Ordinance. HOS / PSPS flat owners should complete and return the Application Form and Requisition Form, administrative fee, documentary proof in respect of reason(s) for application and outstanding first mortgage loan of the flat to the respective District Tenancy Management Offices.

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