The Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) provides a Structural Safety Guarantee (SSG) to owners of domestic flats sold under the Home Ownership Scheme (HOS), Private Sector Participation Scheme (PSPS), Buy or Rent Option (BRO), Mortgage Subsidy Scheme (MSS) and Green Form Subsidised Home Ownership Scheme (GSH). A 10-year SSG (or 20-year SSG for developments in Tin Shui Wai Area) is provided. Currently, the 10-year SSG for all PSPS / BRO / MSS courts have expired.
For Tenants Purchase Scheme (TPS) estates, HA provides a 7-year Structural Safety Guarantee after sale. Currently, the 7-year SSG for all TPS estates has expired.
Since HOS / PSPS / BRO / MSS / GSH courts and TPS estates are private properties, owners should take up the responsibility of managing their own properties. Good property management not only secures a better living environment, but also helps enhance the value of the properties.
The Building Management Ordinance (BMO)(Cap.344) enacted in 1993, provides a sound legal framework for building management. An OC is an organization formed by owners under the BMO to manage the common parts of the court / estate and make decisions on matters concerning its management on behalf of the owners.
Currently, all BRO, MSS courts and TPS estates have formed OCs and taken over the management of the properties.
For those HOS / GSH courts where HA is still the manager under the Deed of Mutual Covenant (DMC), HA encourages the owners to form OC pursuant to the BMO for taking over the management responsibilities of these courts.
Before forming an OC, owners can browse the homepage of the Home Affairs Department - Building Management that provides comprehensive information on building management, such as the Government policy, role of the Home Affairs Department and support to the owners and OC.
According to the Land Grant and the DMC, HA will act as the initial DMC manager of the HOS / GSH courts to appoint a qualified Property Services Agent (PSA) for the court to undertake the daily management matters including maintenance of the common areas and facilities and assisting owners in monitoring the performance of PSA.
Upon the taking over of the management responsibilities from HA by owners of the courts, appointment of the management agent for the provision of management and maintenance services to the court has to be arranged by owners themselves pursuant to the BMO and DMC.
The Lands Tribunal provides an efficient and less costly channel through which owners can process and settle any proceedings or disputes regarding building management matters.
If you have any enquiries, please contact Estate Management Office of the courts / estates concerned.