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Introduction

The Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced in the 2008-09 Budget that HK$1 billion is earmarked for launching the "Building Maintenance Grant Scheme for Elderly Owners" (BMGS) and the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) is appointed to administer BMGS. BMGS provides financial assistance to elderly owner-occupiers to repair and maintain their buildings and improve building safety. A maximum grant of HK$40,000 is available for each eligible elderly owner-occupier. The grant can also be used to repay the outstanding loan(s) with the Buildings Department (BD), the HKHS or the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) in relation to building maintenance.
HKHS, an independent not-for-profit organization, is responsible for promoting BMGS, processing and approving applications and releasing of grant to eligible elderly owner-occupiers.


Building Maintenance Grant Scheme for Elderly Owners (BMGS)

1. Purpose of the Scheme
To provide financial assistance to elderly owner-occupiers to repair and maintain their self-occupied buildings and to upkeep building safety.
2. Scope of the Grant
The scope of works covers building safety related maintenance works in a residential flat and/or in building common areas:-
2.1 Improvement of structural aspects of building, e.g. repair to loose, cracked, spalled or otherwise defective concrete;
2.2 Improvement of safety of external elevations of building, e.g. repair to defective rendering and mosaic tiles;
2.3 Inspection, repair or replacement of defective windows;
2.4 Improvement of fire safety of building, e.g. means of escape, means of access for firefighting & rescue and fire resisting construction;
2.5 Provision of, improvement to and maintenance of, fire service installations and equipment of buildings;
2.6 Removal of unauthorized building works and illegal rooftop structures;
2.7 Improvement of building and sanitary services, e.g. repairing, maintaining and replacing lifts, fire services installations and equipment, electrical wiring, gas risers, replacing defective soil, waste, rainwater, water supply and vent pipes and underground drainage;
2.8 Repair of water-proofing membranes at rooftops and flat roofs and works to alleviate water seepage problem;
2.9 Maintenance or improvement works for slopes and retaining walls;
2.10 Improvement of the fire and building safety of cubicles;
2.11 Maintenance works in association with the above works, including investigation works and professional services;
2.12 Any incidental or consequential works relating to items 2.1 to 2.11 above e.g. touch-up works arising from repair or remedial works; and
2.13 Repayment of applicant's outstanding loan(s) with the BD, HKHS or URA in relation to building maintenance, and/or de-registration of the concerned legal charge/charging order.
3. Eligibility Criteria
3.1 Applicant should hold valid Hong Kong Identity Card, aged 60 or above; and
3.2 Applicant is the owner of a residential flat in a private domestic building or a composite building; and
3.3 Applicant and his/her spouse (if married) are residing in the applied property*; and
3.4 Recipient of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance or Old Age Living Allowance or comply with the following income and asset limits**:-
Monthly income limit #
(HK$)
Asset limit ##
(HK$)
Singleton $7,750 $658,000
Couple $12,620 $998,000

* Application from the following categories of persons is not accepted: Owner/Tenant or his/her spouse (if married) of any subsidized housing and housing benefits, excluding the applied property.

** HKHS would request the applicant and his/her spouse (if married) to declare their income and assets with supporting documents in accordance with their individual circumstances.

# Calculation of income: monthly contribution to Mandatory Provident Fund, Disability Allowance, Old Age Allowance and mortgage repayment of the self-occupied property are excluded.

## Calculation of asset: the value of the property in which the applicant resides and to which the grant relates is excluded.



4. Application Procedures
4.1 Application forms can be obtained at locations below or downloaded from the following websites: -
Organization Hong Kong Housing Society
Address Applications Section, G/F, Dragon Centre, 23 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
website www.hkhs.com
Organization Buildings Department
Address Units 3901-13, Level 39, Tower 1, Metroplaza, 223 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Fong, New Territories
website www.bd.gov.hk
Organization Urban Renewal Authority
Address Unit 1001, 10/F, Tower 2, Cheung Sha Wan Plaza, 833 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon
website www.ura.org.hk
Organization Home Affairs Department
Address All Public Enquiry Service Centres of the District Offices
website www.buildingmgt.gov.hk
4.2 Completed Integrated Building Maintenance Assistance Scheme application form (For Individual Flat Owner) with supporting documents can be submitted by hand or by post to the HKHS Applications Section (address: G/F, Dragon Centre, 23 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong). The application form may also be faxed to the HKHS Applications Section (Fax no. 2504 0867).
4.3 For application of grant for repair works in a residential flat, the applicant should ensure:-

4.3.1 no commencement of the works prior to the submission of application form and the inspection conducted by HKHS staff and/or its representatives. Otherwise, grant might not be approved; and
4.3.2 no duplicated repair items were quoted for application of building repair grant(s)/ loan(s) under the BD, HKHS or URA.
4.4 For application of grant for repair works in building common areas, application form (For Individual Flat Owner) should be submitted prior to the issue date of Practical Completion Certificate for the completion of repair works.
4.5 Applicant must employ competent and registered contractor for related works, of which copy of license and complete set of completion certificate as required by related legislation should be submitted upon completion of works. Grant for related works item will not be approved if the above mentioned documents are not submitted.

Enquiry Hotline: 3188 1188

5. Amount of Grant
5.1 The ceiling is capped at HK$40,000 for each grant application.
Each eligible applicant and his/her spouse (if married) will be altogether eligible for a maximum grant of HK$40,000.
The applied property will be eligible for a maximum grant of HK$40,000.
The amount of grant will be calculated in proportion to the share of ownership of the flat owned by the applicant and his/her spouse (if married).
5.2 The grant should be firstly used to repay the eligible applicant’s existing loan(s) already approved and released by the BD, HKHS or URA in relation to building repair works.
5.3 If the grant is used to repay applicant's outstanding loan(s) with the BD, HKHS or URA in relation to building repair works, the outstanding loan amount will be calculated as at the date of receipt of application for the grant (as evidenced by the postmark).
5.4 An un-discharged bankrupt person is not eligible for the grant.

Last Updated: June 2017


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