Su­per­vi­sion tight­ened on pub­lic rental hous­ing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By JIN HAIXING jin­haix­ing@chi­

Bei­jing will strictly in­spect the el­i­gi­bil­ity of ten­ants of pub­lic rental hous­ing projects to make sure the houses are fairly dis­trib­uted and used by those in need.

The prop­erty man­age­ment ser­vice of the hous­ing projects will also be im­proved, said Qin Haix­i­ang, a com­mis­sioner of the Bei­jing Com­mis­sion of Hous­ing and Ur­ban-Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

At least two man­agers will be as­signed to each pub­lic rental hous­ing com­mu­nity and three to com­mu­ni­ties con­tain­ing more than 500 house­holds, said the com­mis­sioner.

Prop­erty man­agers will in­spect each pub­lic rental house at least a year, and if they find a house is rented il­le­gally, the ten­ants will be or­dered to stop their rental, he said.

A ten­ant lost el­i­gi­bil­ity to rent a pub­lic rental house in June be­cause he sub­let it to make a profit, ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing Hous­ing Se­cu­rity Of­fice.

A reg­u­la­tion en­acted in De­cem­ber 2011 stated that low and mid­dlein­come earn­ers, new em­ploy­ees and those who are not per­ma­nent res­i­dents but have worked in the city for a cer­tain num­ber of years, are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for pub­lic rental hous­ing in Bei­jing.

The rental price was about 40 yuan ($6.40) per square me­ter a month.

Ac­cord­ing to the cur­rent pol­icy, the rent is slightly lower than that of neigh­bor­ing hous­ing, but ten­ants will get sub­si­dies on rent based on their in­come lev­els and hous­ing size, with the max­i­mum sub­sidy be­ing up to 95 per­cent of the rent.

The mea­sures re­leased on Mon­day were aimed at im­prov­ing the ser­vice and man­age­ment of the pub­lic rental hous­ing projects.

Hous­ing au­thor­i­ties were also so­lic­it­ing sug­ges­tions from the pub­lic about res­i­dent ser­vices in pub­lic rental hous­ing com­mu­ni­ties, such as ed­u­ca­tion, health­care and ser­vices for the el­derly.

Ac­cord­ing to Wei Fang, deputy head of the Bei­jing Hous­ing Se­cu­rity Of­fice, ten­ants can ap­ply to change pub­lic rental houses if their fam­ily has to move an­other area in the city.

As of Mon­day, 5,036 units of af­ford­able hous­ing are be­ing rented this year, in­clud­ing pub­lic rental houses, Wei said.

In the first half of this year, the city started build­ing a to­tal of 160,000 units of af­ford­able houses. Of those units, 70,000 have been com­pleted, Wei said.

Dur­ing the 12th Five- Year Plan (2011-15), the Bei­jing govern­ment plans to build more than 1 mil­lion af­ford­able houses, in­clud­ing th­ese pub­lic rental units.

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