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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

Rents for new public housing flats set

The Housing Authority today said rents for 10,445 flats of nine blocks at a new public rental housing estate and two existing ones, to be completed between July and December, have been set at the best rent levels in their respective districts.   The best monthly rent in the urban district, at $93.8 per sq m, will apply to 1,040 flats in Hoi Shing House of Hoi Tat Estate.   The best monthly rent in Kwai Chung District, at $90.7 per sq m, will apply to 540 flats in Heng King House of Lai King Estate.   Fanling District's best monthly rent of $66.5 per sq m will apply to 8,865 flats in seven blocks of Queen’s Hill Estate.   Under this rent-fixing exercise, the rent for more than 91.6% of the flats are below $2,500 per month.   The authority noted that the rents are heavily subsidised and are inclusive of rates, management fees and maintenance costs.   Those who are allocated new flats but cannot afford the rents may request refurbished flats at lower rents or apply for assistance under the Rent Assistance Scheme, it added.
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