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Sale of Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) Flats 2018

  • 4 431 new HOS flats, scheduled for completion in 2018/19, or 2019/2020 or 2020/2021, will invite additional applications in October 2018.
  • Open for application by Green Form (GF) and White Form (WF) applicants with the ratio for quota allocation between ordinary GF and WF applicants at 50:50. There will be quota/ flats set aside for the following two application categories:

 

Application Categories Quota/Number of Flats set aside
GF Applicants WF Applicants
a)

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

650 650
b)

One-person applicants

200 200

The quota allocation ratio between Green Form and White Form applicants is 50:50.  If the allocated quota for Green Form applicants for a particular application category is not fully utilised, the remaining quota will be allocated to White Form applicants of the same application category and vice versa. (For example, if the allocated quota for Green Form applicants under the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members” is not fully utilised, the remaining quota will be allocated to White Form applicants under the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members” and vice versa.)

The HA sets a quota of 1 300 flats for applicants applying under the “Priority Scheme for Families with Elderly Members” (650 flats for Green Form applicants, 650 flats for White Form applicants).  If families applying under this category fail to obtain a quota, they will still have the opportunity to purchase under other family categories.  If the 1300 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/Other Non-nuclear Family” category of the White Form queue on an equal basis.  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 flat 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  Upon completion of the relevant procedures for cancellation of ASP by the HA, the rescinded flat will be released for selection by applicants on the next flat selection day according to the order of flat selection priority.

The HA also sets aside 400 flats (200 flats for Green Form applicants, 200 flats for White Form applicants) for one-person applicants.  One-person applicants will be invited to select the remaining 400 flats, irrespective of size, after family applicants have selected their flats.  In case the 400 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 in the ratio of 50:50 between Green Form and White Form applicants.  If there are more than 400 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 in the ratio of 50:50 between 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 flat 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” applicants for selection according to 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 affected by the HA’s clearance programmes
  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 affected by the HA’s clearance programme
  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 in the above table.  Family or one-person applicants living in PRH estates affected by the HA’s clearance programme are allowed to select flats before families or one-person households of other Green Form (i.e. ordinary Green Form) categories and all White Form categories respectively.  After family or one-person applicants living in PRH estates affected by the HA’s clearance programme have selected flats, the ratio between ordinary Green Form and White Form applicants will be 1:1.  In other words, for every two applicants on the priority list, the order will be: (a) one ordinary Green Form applicants; (b) one White Form applicants.

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/Nuclear Family” turns up, provided that flats are available for selection under that category.

If PRH tenants rehoused through the 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 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.

Flat selection priority order is subject to relevant sales arrangements issued by the HA from time to time. In case of dispute, the HA’s decision shall be final.

  • The Government announced on 29 June 2018 the new pricing policy for subsidised sale flat (SSF). According to the new pricing policy for SSF, the discount of HOS flats would be determined by an affordability test using the median monthly household income of non-owner occupier households for assessing affordability and ensuring at least 75% of flats are affordable. The HA agreed on 17 July 2018 to adopt the revised sales prices for HOS 2018 based on the new pricing policy for SSF.
  • The following alienation restrictions and procedures will apply to the owner for the sale of HOS flats sold under the current sale exercise:
 

Alienation Restrictions

  • Within the first two years from the date of the first deed of assignment of the flat from the HA to a flat owner (date of first assignment)
  • The owner has to offer to sell the flat to the HA. Under existing policy, the HA will not buy back the flat, but will exercise the power under the Housing Ordinance (Cap. 283) to nominate a buyer.
  • 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. The owner is required to pay the required administrative fee for the application for offer to sell.
  • Between the third to the fifth year from the date of 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, under existing policy, the HA will not buy back the flat, but will exercise the power under the Housing Ordinance (Cap. 283) to nominate a buyer. 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 price 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. The owner will need to pay for the administrative fee for the application for offer to sell and for assessment of the price of the flat.
  • After five years from the date of 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 the flat in the open market after payment of premium.
  • Upon receipt of an application for offer to sell to the HA, the HA reserves the right to accept the assignment of the flat to the HA (instead of to a nominee of the HA) or to decline the offer, in accordance with its prevailing policy.
  • The HA will not accept any offer to sell from an owner after five years from the date of first assignment.
  • 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 (SSG) 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 of Housing Department in respect of the buildings concerned.


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