Author: Lai, Chin-hung Gary
Title: Impact of tenants purchase scheme to the facility management function of such estates
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2001
Subject: Public housing -- China -- Hong Kong
Facility management -- China -- Hong Kong
Privatization -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Department of Building Services Engineering
Pages: v, 96, [24] leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: Since the late 1970's, privatization has become fashionable and trendy in many parts of the world. Governments of the advanced industrial countries or third world have adopted privatization as part of their strategic economic policies that aim to transform the ills or weaknesses of their economies. The economic argument for privatization is that the services could be better delivered by non-government agents. Privatization can serve as a tool for better utilization of resources. It also provides more 'choices' to the customers. Public housing is an area that has been subject to on going debate and implementation of privatization. Not only public housing has been privatized, its effect extends to the FM functions of public housing. Privatization of public housing in the UK has been going on in the largest scale since 1979 after the Conservative Government was elected to Office. This dissertation reviews the experience of privatization of public housing and its FM function in the UK, then across the Atlantic using the US experience for comparison and contrast purpose. In Hong Kong, the Government began the privatization process since the 1980's aiming to achieve better utilization of resources allocated to public housing and its subsequent FM function. The Tenants Purchase Scheme (TPS), an initiative by the HKSAR Government in the privatization of public housing, has been successfully implemented since April 1998. The FM function of the privatized TPS housing estates is expected to be transferred to the private FM companies under the supervision of the OC upon its formation as provided under the DMC. It is the aim of this dissertation to assess the impact to the FM function of the public housing estates, which has been privatized. The assessment of impact is by way of survey to find out whether the residents consider the FM function has been improved after the flats of the estate were sold to existing tenants. The survey also assesses whether the residents consider the FM function would be improved if such function were contract out to a private FM company. The findings of the survey indicated that most of the FM services remained unchanged after the flats had been sold. Nevertheless, the residents consider the FM services would be improved if they were taken up by a private FM firm. The conclusion suggests further research be executed to find out the willingness of the residents to participate in the decision making and supervisory role of the OC in the discharge of the FM function of the estate. Further research is also suggested to the terms and conditions of the DMC, which is a legal document setting out the rights, interests and obligations of the owners among themselves.
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