Hong Kong Housing Authority and Housing Department

Rent Assistance Scheme

Rent Assistance Scheme
Photo: Rent Assistance Scheme

The Rent Assistance Scheme (RAS) aims to provide relief in the form of rent (Note 1) reductions to public rental housing (PRH) tenants (Note 2) who are facing temporary financial hardship. Eligible applicants will be granted either 25% or 50% rent reduction. Starting from 1 September 2016, the year of rent reduction granted will be extended from 1 year to 2 years.

To be eligible for the RAS, one has to fulfil the following requirements:

Reference Table of Income Levels and the Rent-to-income Ratio (Table A) (Note 4)

Non-Elderly Households

Family Size Public Rental Housing
Income Limits
(per month)
(HKD)
50% Rent Reduction for Eligible Households
Household Income
below 50% of the
Public Rental
Housing Income Limits
(HKD)/(per month)
or Rent-to-income ratio
exceeds 15%
and
Household Income
between 50% and
70% of the
respective Public
Rental Housing
Income Limits
(HKD)/(per month)
or Rent-to-
income
ratio>
25%
1 11,830 < 5,915 5,915 - 8,281
2 18,690 < 9,345 9,345 - 13,083
3 23,010 < 11,505 11,505 - 16,107
4 29,240 < 14,620 14,620 - 20,468
5 35,280 < 17,640 17,640 - 24,696
6 38,810 < 19,405 19,405 - 27,167
7 44,550 < 22,275 22,275 - 31,185
8 49,820 < 24,910 24,910 - 34,874
9 54,940 < 27,470 27,470 - 38,458
10+ 59,950 < 29,975 29,975 - 41,965

 

Reference Table of Income Levels and the Rent-to-income Ratio (Table B) (Note 4)

Non-Elderly Households

Family Size Public Rental
Housing Income
Limits
(per month)
(HKD)
25% Rent Reduction for Eligible Households
Household Income below 70% but not lower
than 50% of the respective Public Rental
Housing Income Limits
(HKD)/(per month)
or

18.5% < Rent-to-
income Ratio
 25%

1 11,830 5,915 ≤ Household Income < 8,281
2 18,690 9,345 ≤ Household Income < 13,083
3 23,010 11,505 ≤ Household Income < 16,107
4 29,240 14,620 ≤ Household Income < 20,468
5 35,280 17,640 ≤ Household Income < 24,696
6 38,810 19,405 ≤ Household Income < 27,167
7 44,550 22,275 ≤ Household Income < 31,185
8 49,820 24,910 ≤ Household Income < 34,874
9 54,940 27,470 ≤ Household Income < 38,458
10+ 59,950 29,975 ≤ Household Income < 41,965

 

Reference Table of Income Levels and the Rent-to-income Ratio (Table C) (Note 4)

Elderly Households (households with all members aged 60 or above)

Family Size Public Rental Housing
Income Limits
(per month)
(HKD)
50% Rent Reduction for Eligible Households
Household Income below 70%
of the Public Rental Housing
Income Limits
(HKD)/ (per month)
or Rent-to-income ratio
> 18.5%
1 11,830 < 8,281
2 18,690 < 13,083
3 23,010 < 16,107
4 29,240 < 20,468
5 35,280 < 24,696
6 38,810 < 27,167
7 44,550 < 31,185
8 49,820 < 34,874
9 54,940 < 38,458
10+ 59,950 < 41,965

 

Households living in newer block types such as the Harmony blocks and blocks completed in or after 1992 must have fulfilled the two-year residence requirement before applying for the RAS. However, this does not apply to tenants affected by redevelopment.

Non-elderly RAS beneficiaries living in newer block types in need of further assistance after receiving rent assistance for four consecutive years will be required to move to cheaper accommodation in the same district, if suitable flats (Note 3) are available.  Elderly RAS recipients and families with disabled member living in newer block types and RAS recipients living in older block types (except for under-occupation cases) are exempted from the requirement of moving to cheaper accommodation after receiving rent assistance for four consecutive years.

If you want to apply for the RAS, please obtain an application form from your estate office, complete and return it together with the stipulated documents. 

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