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Random Assignment of Priority Numbers for the “Starter Homes Pilot Project for Hong Kong Residents” (eResidence)
URA Managing Director Ir Wai Chi-sing draws random numbers to form seed number for random assignment programme.
URA Managing Director Ir Wai Chi-sing draws random numbers to form seed number for random assignment programme.
URA Managing Director Ir Wai Chi-sing (right) and Mr Libra Fung of Lui & Mak Certified Public Accountants (left) endorse the random assignment results.
URA Managing Director Ir Wai Chi-sing (right) and Mr Libra Fung of Lui & Mak Certified Public Accountants (left) endorse the random assignment results.

URA to vet eligibility of applications for “Starter Homes” Pilot Project following assignment of priority numbers

The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) today (11 December) conducted a random assignment of priority numbers (random assignment) for all the 4,909 applications for the 43 remaining “Starter Homes” units (SH) in its eResidence project.

Officiated by URA Managing Director Ir Wai Chi-sing, the entire proceedings of the random assignment was witnessed by Mr Libra Fung of Lui & Mak Certified Public Accountants and video-taped for record.  A ten-digit seed number, formed by the ten numbers drawn by Ir Wai, was input into a computer programme to randomly assign a priority number to each of the applicants.

The arrangement of the seed number can enhance the randomness of the prioritisation calculated by the mathematical formulae of the computer programme, while allowing the accountant to verify the result to ensure its accuracy when necessary.

The URA has uploaded the list of assigned priority numbers and the video to the eResidence’s website (www.eresidence.hk).  Applicants can check their assigned priority numbers through the search function from the website by entering their application numbers.  The URA will also issue letters to all applicants notifying their assigned priority numbers within three working days.

The Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) has been commissioned by the URA to vet the eligibility of the applicants.  The URA will issue separate letters to invite applicants, in the order of the priority numbers, to attend interviews with HKHS on specified dates starting late December.  During the interview, applicants should submit to the HKHS their supporting documents such as income and asset proofs, as stated in the Application Guide, for verification and confirmation of their eligibility.

In view of the Government’s latest measures in response to the COVID-19 epidemic situation, the URA and HKHS will adopt a series of infection control measures at the interview venue.  These measures include checking of temperature for all applicants and family members, submitting health declaration before entry, wearing of masks throughout the interview, and stepping up cleansing of the venue to control the spread of the virus.  Meanwhile, the number of interviewees will be limited in accordance with the Prohibition on Group Gathering Regulation for the time being in force.

In the case applicants are confirmed patients of Coronavirus disease 2019 or under quarantine arrangement and have to be excused from the scheduled interviews, the applicants concerned should notify the Applications Processing Section of the URA’s “Starter Homes Pilot Project for Hong Kong Residents” via the hotline at 2363 2283 as soon as possible.  Flexibility will be given to those applicants in the interview arrangement and submission of documents, depending on the actual situation.

The URA plans to invite eligible applicants by batches for flat selection in January 2021.  The exact dates for flat selection will be announced later by the URA in the Information on Sales Arrangements, to be uploaded to the eResidence’s website and the Sales of First-hand Residential Properties Electronic Platform (www.srpe.gov.hk) in accordance with the Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance. 

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To the extent that this press release constitutes an advertisement, this notice shall apply.

Name of the Development: eResidence

Street Name and Street Number of the Development: 8 Hok Yuen Street

District: Hung Hom

The address of the website designated by the Vendor for the Development#: www.eresidence.hk

The photographs, images, drawings or sketches shown in this advertisement/promotional material represent an artist’s impression of the development concerned only.  They are not drawn to scale and/or may have been edited and processed with computerized imaging techniques.  Prospective purchasers should make reference to the sales brochure for details of the development.  The vendor also advises prospective purchasers to conduct an on-site visit for a better understanding of the development site, its surrounding environment and the public facilities nearby.

Vendor: Urban Renewal Authority.  Authorized Person for the Development: Mr. Chan Kam Tong, Angus.  The firm or corporation of which the Authorized Person for the Development is a proprietor, director or employee in his professional capacity: P&T Architects and Engineers Limited.  Building Contractor for the Development: Gammon Construction Limited.  The firms of solicitors acting for the Vendor in relation to the sale of residential properties in the Development: Deacons and Chu & Lau.  The authorized institution that has made a loan, or has undertaken to provide finance, for the construction of the Development: Not applicable.  Other person who has made a loan for the construction of the Development: Not applicable.

# The address of the website designated by the Vendor for the Development for the purposes of Part 2 of the Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance and containing electronic copies of the sales brochure, price list(s) and register of transactions.

Prospective purchasers are advised to refer to the sales brochure for any information on the Development.  Please refer to the sales brochure for details.  This advertisement is published by, or with the consent of, the Vendor.

This advertisement and all contents thereof are for reference only and do not constitute and shall not be construed as constituting any offer, representation, undertaking or warranty, whether express or implied, given by the Vendor (whether related to view or not).

Date of printing: 11 December 2020