18 April 2019
Living in a cubicle home like this is enough to get anyone down. Photo: Internet
Living in a cubicle home like this is enough to get anyone down. Photo: Internet

Residents of crowded cubicle homes gloomy, poll shows

The high rents for subdivided flats in Hong Kong weigh on the happiness of the low-income families and immigrants who live in them, Sky Post reported Tuesday, citing a survey.

In the poll by Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, 101 families in North district were interviewed.

Rents of their tiny subdivided flats averaged HK$28.60 (US$3.69) per square foot, higher than the average of HK$25.20 per sq ft for mansions in the same district.

The survey found that over 30 percent of the families have a monthly income below HK$10,000. At the same time, the average monthly rent is HK$3,909.

The crowded living conditions have added to the residents’ gloom.

The interviewees rated their satisfaction with their lives at an average of 2.84 points on a 10-point scale. Four points is the minimum acceptable level, the report said.

Ah Juan, an immigrant who had been living in Hong Kong for four years, and her three-person family were renting a 100 sq ft subdivided flat at a monthly cost of HK$4,000.

“It is too crowded,” she said. “I always feel pressured and fret. I suffer from insomnia all the time.” 

Most of the interviewees preferred to solve their problems by themselves and said the community services in their area are weak.

The university suggested that representatives of the Community Care Fund, which was set up to help people facing economic diffulties, meet regularly with residents in the district to listen to their needs.

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