The following is issued on behalf of the Community Care Fund (CCF) Secretariat:
The CCF rolled out a new assistance programme today (October 4) to provide a subsidy
for owners’ corporations (OCs) of old buildings with a view to enhancing support for them
for better building management and safeguarding of public safety. The programme will also
encourage more buildings to form OCs.
The Home Affairs Department (HAD) will implement this three-year programme. Each
eligible OC may apply for the subsidy on an accountable basis in respect of the designated
items carried out and/or expended during the three-year implementation period. The CCF will
subsidise up to 50 per cent of the actual expenses for each designated item, and each eligible
OC can apply for a maximum amount of $20,000 subsidy during the three-year period.
The designated items eligible for subsidy are registration or filing fees at the Land Registry
and procurement fees of third party risk insurance for the public areas of buildings; expenses
for regular inspection of fire safety and electrical equipment; and expenses for clearing fire
escapes once a year.
The target beneficiaries should be OCs of residential or composite buildings aged 30 years
or above. The average rateable value of the residential units of buildings in the urban areas
(including Sha Tin, Kwai Tsing and Tsuen Wan) should not exceed $120,000, while that of
buildings in the New Territories should not exceed $92,000.
The HAD has initially identified the OCs meeting the criteria and has already invited them
by mail for applications. Those OCs which did not receive written notification from the HAD
but consider themselves meeting the criteria may request the HAD for a review.
The guide and application form for the programme are available at Public Enquiry Service
Centres of the District Offices or can be downloaded from the HAD's dedicated website on
building management (www.buildingmgt.gov.hk).
For enquiries, please call 2835 2500 or email to email@example.com.
Ends/Thursday, October 4, 2012
Issued at HKT 14:30