Hong Kong Housing Authority and Housing Department

General Sales Information

General Sales Information

Sale of Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) Flats 2020

  • 7,047 new HOS flats scheduled for completion in 2020 to 2023, will invite applications in September 2020.
  • Open for application by Green Form (GF) and White Form (WF) applicants with the ratio for quota allocation between GF and WF applicants at 40:60. There will be quota/ flats set aside for the following two application categories:
Application Categories Quota/Number of Flats set aside
a)

Families applying under the ‘Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members’

2,100
b)

One-person applicants

700

 

The quota allocation ratio between Green Form and White Form applicants is 40:60. If the allocated quota for White Form applicants for a particular application category is not fully utilised, the remaining quota will be allocated to Green Form applicants of the same application category and vice versa. (For example, if the allocated quota for White Form applicants under the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members” is not fully utilised, the remaining quota will be allocated to Green Form applicants under the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members” and vice versa.)

The HA sets a quota of 2,100 flats for applicants applying under the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members” If families applying under this category fail to obtain a quota, they will still have the opportunity to purchase under “Other Family" category. If the 2,100 quota has not been fully consumed after all applicants applying under the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members” have been invited for flat selection, the unused quota will be allocated to the “Other Family” category of the Green Form queue and “Other Nuclear Family/ Non-nuclear Family” categories of the White Form queue according to the quota allocation ratio. If an applicant under the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members” has successfully selected and signed ASP for a flat, the relevant quota will be treated as consumed. Any quota released due to later rescission of ASP from this application category will not be allocated back to another applicant under the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members”. Upon completion of the relevant procedures for cancellation of ASP by the HA, the rescinded flat will be released for selection by applicants on the next flat selection day according to the order of flat selection priority.

Applicants applying under “ Non-nuclear Family Applicants” category of the White Form will be invited for flat selection after all “Other Nuclear Family Applicants” have been invited.

The HA also sets aside 700 flats for one-person applicants. One-person applicants will be invited to select the remaining flats, irrespective of size, after family applicants have selected their flats. In case the 700 flats are not fully consumed after all one-person applicants have been invited to select flat, the remaining flats will be allocated back to “Other Family” categories according to the quota allocation ratio for Green Form and White Form applicants. If there are more than 700 flats remaining after all family applicants have been invited to select flat, all remaining flats will be allocated to one-person applicants for their selection according to the quota allocation ratio for Green Form and White Form applicants. If a one-person applicant has successfully selected and signed ASP for a flat, the relevant reserved flat will be treated as taken up. Any flat released due to later rescission of ASP from this application category will not be allocated back to another one-person applicant. Upon completion of the relevant procedures for cancellation of ASP by the HA, the rescinded flat will be allocated back to “Other Family” of Green Form and White Form applicants according to the quota allocation ratio and their priority order.

The flat selection order of different categories of applicants is as follows:

Green Form Applicants White Form Applicants
  1. Families applicants living in PRH estates who are affected by the HA’s announced clearance programme(s) and where the target clearance date(s) is/ are after the launch date of this sale exercise
  2. Family applicants applying under the ‘Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members’
  3. Other family applicants
  4. One-person applicants living in PRH estates who are affected by the HA’s announced clearance programme(s) and where the target clearance date(s) is/ are after the launch date of this sale exercise
  5. One-person applicants
  1. Nuclear family applicants applying under the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members”
  2. Other nuclear family applicants
  3. Non-nuclear family applicants
  4. One-person applicants

All family applicants and one-person applicants will be allocated an ordinary order of priority for flat selection randomly generated by computer according to the ballot result. Family applicants who join the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members” will be allocated an additional order of priority for flat selection randomly generated by computer according to the ballot result, i.e. a total of two order of priority will be allocated to them.

The HA will invite eligible applicants of different categories for flat selection according to the order of priority as stated above. Family or one-person applicants living in PRH estates affected by the HA’s announced clearance programme are allowed to select flats before families or one-person households of other Green Form categories and all White Form categories respectively. During the flat selection period, for every five attended applicants, their order of flat selection priority will be: (i) one Green Form applicant; (ii) one White Form applicant; (iii) one Green Form applicant; (iv) one White Form applicant and (v) one White Form applicant.

If family applicants who join the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members” fail to purchase a flat under the quota of that application category, the HA will invite them for flat selection again when their order of priority under the “Other Family/Other Nuclear Family” turns up, provided that flats are available for selection under that category.

If PRH tenants rehoused through the HA’s Express Flat Allocation Scheme exercise apply within three years from the date of tenancy commencement of their PRH units by using Green Form, they will be treated as if they were White Form applicants in terms of flat selection priority and will be put under the White Form queue. Any flats purchased by this category of Green Form applicants will be counted against the White Form quota. Upon signing the Deed of Assignment of their purchased flats, this category of Green Form applicants, similar to other Green Form applicants, have to surrender their PRH units to the HA.

If rental estate tenants rehoused through the Housing Society (HS)’s Express Flat Allocation Scheme For Group A Rental Estates (2019) apply within three years from the date of tenancy commencement of their rental units by using Green Form, they will be treated as if they were White Form applicants in terms of flat selection priority and will be put under the White Form queue. Any flats purchased by this category of Green Form applicants will be counted against the White Form quota. Upon signing the Deed of Assignment of their purchased flats, this category of Green Form applicants, similar to other Green Form applicants, have to surrender their rental units to the HS.

Flat allocation and priority for flat selection are subject to relevant sales arrangements issued by the HA from time to time. In case of dispute, the HA’s decision shall be final.

 

 

  • According to the pricing policy on subsidized sale flats (SSF) introduced in 2018, the discount applied to the assessed market values of HOS flats for sale is determined on the basis of the affordability benchmark that at least 75 per cent of the flats for sale are affordable to the non-owner occupier households earning the median monthly household income, assuming that they need to spend no more than 40 per cent of their monthly income on mortgage payment. The discount rate is applicable to both new flats and unsold/rescinded flats put up for sale/resale in the same sale exercise.
  • Flats to be sold for the first time under HOS 2020 and resale flats which were first put up for sale under HOS 2019 are subject to alienation restrictions stipulated in the terms of the Deed of Assignment and the terms, covenants and conditions contained in the Government Lease. The following alienation restrictions will apply to the owners for the above flats:
 
Alienation Restrictions
  • Within the first two years from the date of the first Deed of Assignment of the flat from the HA to an owner (the first assignment):
  • The owner has to sell flat in the HOS Secondary Market to a person nominated by the HA without payment of premium and at a price not more than the original purchase price under the first assignment.
  • Between the third to the tenth year from the date of the first assignment:
  • The owner has to sell the flat in the HOS Secondary Market to a person nominated by the HA without payment of premium and at his/her own negotiated price.
  • After ten years from the date of the first assignment:
  • The owner may sell the flat in the HOS Secondary Market to a person nominated by the HA without payment of premium and at his/her own negotiated price.
  • The owner may also sell or let the flat in the open market after payment of premium.

 

  • Resale flats which were first put up for sale under HOS 2018 are subject to alienation restrictions stipulated in the terms of the Deed of Assignment and the provisions in the Housing Ordinance (Cap. 283) and its subsequent amendments. The following alienation restrictions will apply to the owners of the above resale flats:

 

 
Alienation Restrictions
  • Within the first two years from the date of the first Deed of Assignment:
  • The owner has to offer to sell the flat to the HA. The flat is to be assigned to a nominee of the HA at the original purchase price in accordance with the procedures and requirements as from time to time stipulated by the HA.
  • Between the third to the fifth year from the date of the first assignment:
  • The owner may either offer to sell the flat to the HA or sell the flat in the HOS Secondary Market to a person nominated by the HA without payment of premium and at his/ her own negotiated price.
  • If the owner offers to sell the flat to the HA, the flat is to be assigned to a nominee of the HA at the price assessed by the Director of Housing (which is the market value as assessed by the Director of Housing at the time when the offer to sell the flat to the HA was made, less the original discount when the flat was purchased from the HA) in accordance with the procedures and requirements as from time to time stipulated by the HA.
  • After five years from the date of the first assignment:
  • The owner may sell the flat in the HOS Secondary Market to a person nominated by the HA without payment of premium and at his/her own negotiated price.
  • The owner may also sell or let the flat in the open market after payment of premium
  • The HA will decline all buyback offers for the HOS flats sold from 2007 onwards
  • The provision of mortgage guarantee in respect of loans granted by banks and other authorised financial institutions for the purchase of HOS flats has been continued.
  • A one year defects liability period from the date of assignment of individual flats is provided.
  • A structural safety guarantee of 10 years from the date of building completion for HOS flats will be offered. For new HOS flats, the date of building completion for the purpose of the Structural Safety Guarantee will be the date of the Occupation Permit issued by the Independent Checking Unit under Permanent Secretary for Transport and Housing (Housing) in respect of the buildings concerned.
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