The phenomenon of sub-divided flats (or cage tenants) is an emerging housing issue in Hong Kong. Grassroot families, mostly waiting impatiently at the long queue of over 260,000 public housing applicants, are being forced to live in different kinds of unauthorized units and sub-divided houses(吳堃廉, 2018). Besides of criticizing housing welfare and policy in Hong Kong, “rights to housing”, under the international human rights treaties of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), is another focus for further discussion (Yung & Lee, 2012; Marsh, 2016).
Marsh, L. (2016). The Strategic Use of Human Rights Treaties in Hong Kong’s Cage-Home Crisis: No Way Out? Asian Journal of Law and Society, 3(1), 159–188.
This article examines the relationship between government policy and housing welfare in Hong Kong based on socioeconomic framework. Considering the emerging number of cage tenants in Hong Kong, the government fail to address the international human rights treaties including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). CITATION
Yung, B. & Lee, F. (2012). “Right to Housing” in Hong Kong: Perspectives from the Hong Kong Community. Housing, Theory and Society, 29(4), 1–19.
This paper suggests five dimensions of "right to housing" in terms of rights for adequate, affortable housing to choose without arbitrary considerations despite their social economic status for rent or ownership of houses. CITATION
RICS Hong Kong Housing Task Force. (2011). Housing need and affordability in Hong Kong 2011. Hong Kong: RICS Hong Kong.
This study indicate that the housing need is raising but they are ill-afford of housing in Hong Kong. CITATION
Kurz, K. & Blossfeld, H. (2004). Home ownership and social inequality in comparative perspective. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press.
Home ownership becomes a social inequality issues among twelve countries in different stages of socioeconomic development. The authors study the housing policies and welfare of their citizens. CITATION
Lee, J. Z. (1999). Housing, home ownership and social change in Hong Kong. Aldershot: Aldershot : Ashgate.
This book study the impact of political and economic changes on housing needs. It proposed a theoretical framework relating to housing ownership and socio-economic status. CITATION
Ronald, R. (2008). The ideology of home ownership : homeowner societies and the role of housing. Basingstoke
New York: Basingstoke
New York : Palgrave Macmillan.
This book highlights the ideology and practice of home ownership in different international contexts in order to balance the power relationship in societies. CITATION