News roundup: Hong Kong crackdown on ‘rich tenants’ in public housing, and other stories

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For PropertyGuru’s news roundup, Hong Kong government cracks down on abuse of public housing resources, especially on “rich tenants.” In other news, J. Mayer H. Architects has just won the competition for their “Cheongdoam Tower” design in Seoul. And presenting the pros and cons of installing a bathtub versus a shower cubicle, along with some design ideas and important considerations.

Hong Kong gov’t receives 12,000 reports of public housing abuses in 8 months amid crackdown on ‘rich tenants’

Around 12,000 reports flagging suspected abuse of public housing resources have been received over the past eight months, a Hong Kong official has said amid a crackdown on “rich tenants” in government-subsidised housing.

HKFP reports that Rosanna Law, director for housing, said that the government had invited around 250,000 tenants who have lived in public housing for over 10 years to participate in a round of self-reports by May 31.

Law said around 27 percent of tenants had completed self-reports as of 17th May. Around 300 tenants had contacted the Housing Department to surrender their public housing units, she added.

Law said reports from the general public were more effective at combatting abuses of the public housing system than self-reports from tenants.

Among the 12,000 reports received from members of the public, 190 reports were confirmed valid after investigation and authorities have asked tenants to move out of the public housing units.

J. Mayer H. Architects wins competition to design water-inspired “Cheongdam Tower” in Seoul, South Korea

J. Mayer H. Architects has just won the competition for their “Cheongdoam Tower” design in Seoul, according to ArchDaily. As part of the Seoul City Urban/Architecture Creation/Innovation Design Project contest, the competition was initiated by the city of Seoul, aiming to enhance urban qualities and improve the quality of life for residents. Chosen from numerous submissions and six shortlisted projects, Cheongdam Tower emerged victorious.

The name “Cheongdam” means clear water, embodying purity and a natural living environment. Drawing inspiration from the elemental flow of water, the design of the scheme boasts organic movement and symbolizes natural cycles essential for growth and culture. In fact, the use of water and the integration of greenery are essential to Cheongdam Tower’s development. Featuring flowing, organic lines, with green terraces and a protective facade mimicking the ripples of water, the structure creates a “living, breathing organism within the urban landscape.”

Which is better for homes, a bathtub or a shower cubicle?

One of the most critical decisions to make when designing a bathroom is whether to install a bathtub or a shower cubicle. Both options have their advantages and drawbacks and the best choice often depends on the individual’s needs and lifestyle. presents the pros and cons of each, along with some design ideas and important considerations.

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