Government to pay rent for public rental housing tenants in August

The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Housing Authority:

     Public rental housing tenants (including interim housing licencees) of the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) paying normal rent will not be required to pay rent/licence fees for the month of August 2015.

     The Financial Secretary proposed in his 2015-16 Budget a number of one-off relief measures, including paying one month's rent for lower income tenants living in public rental units of the HA. Funding for the rent payment was approved by the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council in June. About 710 000 HA tenants will benefit from the measure.

     "The Government will pay the rent for August for tenants and licencees of the HA paying normal rent. The HA will notify all relevant tenants and licencees of the arrangement," a spokesman for the HA said today (July 22).

Ends/Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Issued at HKT 11:45