Outreach Support Service for Minority Owners (Pilot Scheme)
Since 2011, Senior Citizen Home Safety Association has been appointed by the Development Bureau to provide assistance to minority owners (especially the elderly owners) of old buildings in Hong Kong who are affected by the Land (Compulsory Sale for Redevelopment) Ordinance or private acquisitions. Our service includes providing suitable advice and information as well as accompanying minority owners in need to meet the acquiring party. With support from a cross-functional team of professional consultants, our social workers team helps minority owners facing compulsory sales and acquisitions make suitable and informed decisions.
What is Compulsory Sale?
The Land (Compulsory Sale for Redevelopment) Ordinance(Cap. 545) came into operation in 1999. An Ordinance to enable persons who own 90% of the undivided shares in a lot to make an application to the Tribunal for an order for the sale of all of the undivided shares in the lot for the purposes of the redevelopment of the lot; to enable the Tribunal to make such an order if specified criteria are met.
What are Minority Owners?
It means the persons who own undivided shares in the lot but not the persons who have made the application under the Ordinance in relation to the lot. On the other hand, the persons who have made the application under the Ordinance in relation to the lot are called “Majority Owners”.
Minority owners in relation to the Ordinance (Cap.545) and their immediate family members who are affected by compulsory sale or property acquisition by private developers.
Free of charge
Scope of Services
Explain to minority owners the general practice of property acquisition and the process of compulsory sale under the Ordinance
Social workers will proactively outreach to buildings affected by acquisition activities to promote the service and will visit households of the minority owners
Organize talks, workshops to explain the general practice of property acquisition and the process of compulsory sale under the Ordinance; and to promote the understanding on mediation in compulsory sale
Provide case work service to minority owners and refer to professionals such as surveyors or solicitors for advice and assistance *
* The level of professional service fees is subject to specific professional. SCHSA will not charge any referral fees.