Tenant participation and the management of public housing - The Estate Management Advisory Committee of Hong Kong

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  • Ngai Ming Yip


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-18
Journal / PublicationProperty Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2001


Hong Kong has developed one of the world's largest initiatives of user participation in public service in the public rental housing sector. This paper analyses the development and the impact of such an initiative in tenant participation. Whilst the housing managers and tenant representatives were by and large receptive of such an initiative, tenants were in general more apathetic. Involving tenants in public housing management can also be perceived as a strategy of the landlord in bridging the gap between expensive paternalistic management and the legitimate expectation of the tenants. It can also be viewed as a measure to mitigate the internal conflicts within the Housing Department as a tool to enhance the effectiveness of the management service. Yet, recent development in the public housing sector in Hong Kong may bring fundamental changes in both the provision and management of public housing. This creates uncertainty regarding the further development of tenant participation. © 2001, MCB UP Limited

Research Area(s)

  • Property management, Public housing, Tenants