Building rehabilitation is an important segment of urban renewal and also URA's core business. The URA works with property owners, the Government and other partners to prevent the decay of the built environment by promoting and facilitating proper repair and maintenance of buildings. Rehabilitation will extend the useful life of buildings to slow down the pace of urban decay and offers speedy improvement to the living conditions of people in-situ. To this end, the URA has introduced a comprehensive range of assistance including material incentives and loan schemes since 2004 to encourage owners to undertake proper maintenance of buildings.
A comprehensive Integrated Building Maintenance Assistance
Scheme has been introduced since 1 April 2011 to
encompass major areas of assistance: subsidy for formation of
Owners' Incorporation, subsidy for works in common area and
home renovation interest-free loan.
The URA provides one-stop and user-friendly service for owners in need of assistance. These include setting up the Building Rehab Info Net , a hotline service and resource centres, and providing advice on colour scheme designs and technical assistance. Please scan the QR Code below by using your mobile phone device:
Benefits to Owners
- Living Environment Improvement
- Assets Appreciation
Your building is in a prime and busy location. If owners can unite to rehabilitate the buildings, your assets will appreciate again.
- Reduction of Chance of Accidents
Building rehabilitation will reduce chance of accidents and lower third party liability.
Measures for Prevention of Tender Rigging
What is tender rigging? What is the consequence of Tender rigging? How to avoid tender rigging? All these are common questions which building owners who are planning their renovation works would ask and like to have the answer.
In simple words, tender rigging can be interpreted as a collusion among parties in the tender exercise; or party who invites tender but take any action during the tender exercise either to affect tender prices or allow any favouritism to particular tender, that would reap benefits to them.
Tender rigging would result in price manipulation, the fairness and impartiality of the tender exercise would be severely affected, and the repair cost may also be escalated without guarantee on the workmanship of repair work. Consequently, interests of building owners will be damaged.
Urban Renewal Authority gains experience through various subsidy schemes to assist Owners' Corporations in building repair. Regarding the preventive measures for tender rigging, we have the following recommendations:
1. Competence on tender procedure:
- reasonable price on engagement of consultants;
- appoint independent professional to assess the repair cost;
- allow confidentiality during tender exercise;
2. Improvement in the tender environment:
- widen the tender invitation and allow open tender by publishing advertisement;
- lower or allow no threshold so as to attract more tender to return;
- invite those companies with good reputation to involve in the tender exercise.
Hong Kong Police Force announced the "RenoSafe Scheme" (the Scheme) in September 2013 which is a campaign for crime prevention specifically for building repair sector. The Scheme aims to avoid concerned parties including consultant firms, building contractors, or any person to perform any unlawful act including influence in the tender exercise and the building repair process. The Hong Kong Police Force also welcomes report from the public on the crime in this sector. For the details of the scheme, please refer to the website of Hong Kong Police Force.
As Urban Renewal Authority is a supporting organization of the "RenoSafe Scheme", provides a booklet and a poster to deliver a message in relation to prevention of tender rigging to the building owners for reference.