URA Further Extends Rent Relief Period for Its Tenants
In view of the ongoing impact brought by COVID-19 pandemic to the economy, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) announces today (14 October 2022) to further extend the rent relief for its domestic and commercial tenants in its properties for another three months, from October 2022 until the end of December 2022, in a bid to assist the URA’s tenants in the face of current economic challenges amid the pandemic to sustain their businesses.
The URA’s rent relief measures for its tenants have been in place since April 2020. The cumulative amount of rent concession provided earlier together with the budget earmarked for the upcoming round of measures will reach around HK$225 million.
The new round of rent relief will benefit over 1,200 domestic and commercial tenants. The measures include:
- 75% rent relief will apply for approximately 800 domestic and commercial tenants in the URA’s rehousing blocks and acquired properties of redevelopment projects;
- Percentage of rent relief in three levels will be provided for around 150 tenants operating businesses in the commercial portions of redevelopment, preservation and revitalisation projects. The percentage level is determined according to the impact on the monthly business turnover and the rent-to-sales ratio (maximum rent concession at 75%);
- With regard to around 280 commercial tenants operating their businesses in the seven shopping malls that are jointly operated by joint venture developers, the URA will discuss with the joint venture developers on the measures that could be applied taking into consideration the degree of impact to business turnover caused by the pandemic for different trades; and
- For tenants of Central Market and Western Market, an appropriate level of rent relief will be considered by the respective main operators, which are responsible for handling leasing matter and venue management of the premises, taking into account individual tenants’ business performance under the pandemic.
The relevant rent relief amount for the eligible tenants will be reflected in the subsequent debit note. Furthermore, the URA will render additional support to those commercial tenants with tenancy agreements signed with the URA. In the event that additional cost has been incurred by these tenants in order to comply with the Government’s anti-epidemic measures, such as implementing the Vaccine Pass, or strengthening cleaning and disinfection of the premises, the concerned tenants can apply to the URA for a higher percentage level of rent concession by providing relevant documentations. The URA will review each application on a discretionary basis.
The URA hopes that the above relief measures and additional support will provide effective and appropriate assistance for target businesses that have been adversely affected by the epidemic. It is also expected to help the tenants ride out the financial pressures during the economic recovery once the epidemic is under control.
 The seven shopping malls jointly operated with the joint venture developers include: Citywalk (Tsuen Wan Town Centre Project), Citywalk 2 (Yeung Uk Road Project), Lee Tung Avenue (Lee Tung Street / McGregor Street Project), THE FOREST (Sai Yee Street Project), Park Summit (Pine Street / Anchor Street Project), Park Ivy (Fuk Tsun Street / Pine Street Project) and Vista (Fuk Wing Street / Fuk Wa Street)