Eligible commercial tenants who are notified by the Housing Department (HD) in writing to evacuate before the clearance date may choose to accept the following arrangements upon surrendering their premises:
In general, the amount payable to tenants of fixed-term tenancies is equivalent to 15 times of the monthly exclusive rent as stipulated in the Tenancy Agreement when the programme/estate clearance was announced.
Existing rents of all commercial premises are frozen upon the announcement of redevelopment and will also be included in the current six-monthly rent review for premises affected by estate clearance once the clearance has been announced.
Apart from the ex-gratia allowance, eligible commercial tenants under fixed term tenancies may participate restricted tender exercises to lease shopstalls in Housing Authority (HA) markets. Successful tenderers will be granted 3-months rent free period for the new shopstalls acquired through the restricted tender exercise. They are barred from further tender, and not permitted to surrender the premises in order to receive the lump sum payment in lieu of restricted tender opportunity.
Should the tenants decline to participate in the restricted tender, they can choose to receive a lump sum payment in lieu of restricted tender opportunity. The choice, once made, is final.
From 7 December 1995 onwards, tenants occupying more than one premises scheduled for redevelopment in the same phase are granted restricted tender opportunity or lump sum payment for each tenancy they held.
For tenants affected by redevelopment, they are only allowed to bid, through restricted tenders, for shopstalls in HA market with areas not exceeding twice the area of their present premises, or with internal floor area not exceeding 30 square metres, whichever is bigger.