Date
21 July 2017
In the Kwai Chung flat (left), the tenant won't be able to straighten their legs when sleeping, while the occupant of the San Po Kong flat has to climb up a ladder to reach the plywood bedroom.  Photos: Google Maps, YouTube, hk01.com
In the Kwai Chung flat (left), the tenant won't be able to straighten their legs when sleeping, while the occupant of the San Po Kong flat has to climb up a ladder to reach the plywood bedroom. Photos: Google Maps, YouTube, hk01.com

Flat-hunting? These ones look cheap – and ridiculous

Apartments in Hong Kong are often described as shoeboxes, but these ones take the cake. Prisoners are probably enjoying better accommodation.

In Kwai Chung, a subdivided flat is being offered for only HK$2,000 a month. The tenant, however, has to learn to live in a bed space measuring 155 centimeters (5 feet) by 75cm (2.5 ft), news website hk01.com reports.

The bed space, by the way, is separated from the toilet by a flimsy plywood board.

According to hk01.com reporters who visited the flat, the total space is less than 30 square feet.

With such a cramped space, a tenant won’t even be able to straighten their legs when sleeping.

The unit is one of the four subdivided units from a 300-square-foot unit at a 40-year-old private residential building in Kwai Chung.

According to a real estate agent, the flat owner probably decided to subdivide the flat into four units in order to double the rental income to HK$15,000 from HK$7,500 a month. 

That suggests that some of the other subdivided units in the flat could even cost more.

Meanwhile, a unit in San Po Kong would require the occupant to climb up a ladder to reach a wooden bed installed above a toilet bowl, Next Magazine reports.

The landlord of the 45-square-foot unit, which is being let for HK$2,600 a month, decided to maximize the use of space by creating a loft bed.

However, the bed is made of plywood that is probably just 2cm thick.

Beneath the sleeping space is an all-in-one miniature kitchen, toilet and sink.

Chan Siu-ming, a member of Shadow Long Term Housing Strategy Steering Committee, a non-governmental organization, said the per-square-foot rent for these dreadful flats is actually higher than that for many luxury units.

However, the living conditions are simply inhumane.

The emergence of such flats indicates that there are huge problems with the government’s housing strategy.

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