Buying a Flat (White Form Status)
The Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) launched the Interim Scheme of Extending the Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) Secondary Market to White Form (WF) Buyers (the Interim Scheme) in January 2013. Eligible WF applicants allocated with quotas may apply for the Certificate of Eligibility to Purchase (CEP) to the HA and/or the Hong Kong Housing Society (HS) for purchase of a flat in the HA's HOS Secondary Market or the HS's Flat-for-Sale Scheme (FFSS) Secondary Market without the need to pay premium. The first round of the Interim Scheme with a quota of 5000 was completed in April 2015. The second round of the Interim Scheme with a quota of 2500 was launched in August 2015 and it was also completed in May 2017. Over 4000 WF applicants achieved home ownership through the two rounds of the Interim Scheme.
The HA endorsed regularising the Interim Scheme as the White Form Secondary Market Scheme (WSM) in November 2017. WSM 2018 was launched in March 2018 with a quota of 2500. WSM 2019 was launched in May 2019 with a quota of 3000.
The application period for WSM 2020 is from 10 Sept 2020 to 7 October 2020. The quota for WSM 2020 is 4500, including 4050 for family applicants and 450 for one-person applicants. The HA will conduct detailed vetting of applications according to the random order generated from ballot result by computer to determine whether individual applicants meet the eligibility criteria and their final priority. Applicants allotted with quotas may apply within 6 weeks from the date of Approval Letter to the HA and/ or the HS, in accordance with the type of the flat they intend to purchase and pay the respective fee for the CEP to purchase the flats with premium not yet paid in the HA’s HOS Secondary Market or the HS’s FFSS Secondary Market.
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