Date
15 December 2017
The survey interviewed tenants of 200 inadequate housing units including subdivided flats and industrial buildings. Photo: HKEJ
The survey interviewed tenants of 200 inadequate housing units including subdivided flats and industrial buildings. Photo: HKEJ

Tenants of subdivided flats pay higher water, electricity bills

Tenants of subdivided flats pay higher water bills than the actual bill for a comparable family size, a survey has found.

The survey was conducted by the Alliance for Social Protection of Low Income Families and other organizations, which interviewed residents of 200 inadequate housing units including subdivided flats and industrial buildings in July.

It found that water bills paid by a family of four in an inadequate housing is, on average, six times higher than that normally paid for the same family size, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Ninety per cent of the residents of such housing, on average, pay higher electricity bills than those charged by CLP.

The survey also revealed that about 70 percent of the tenants do not understand the electricity bill charged by CLP, while about 80 percent hardly understand how the Water Supplies Department charges them.

A resident of a subdivided unit told a press conference that her family pays about HK$800 per month for water and electricity, which is more expensive than the actual bill.

She said that since they did not have their own meters for water and electricity, the landlord charged them fees higher than those charged by the power company and the Water Supplies Department.

Summer Li Fung-tsing, a community organizer of the alliance, said the power company and the Water Supplies Department should install water and electricity meters for inadequate-dwelling families so that they can directly pay their bills to the relevant parties.

Li said the Community Care Fund should also directly release summer energy subsidies to the tenants.

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