Consultation on Licensing Regime
The Property Management Services Authority (PMSA) has been actively communicating with stakeholders to collect views and to understand the operation of the industry in order to formulate a practicable licensing regime which will benefit the industry and the public at large.
After two rounds of consultation with the industry and stakeholders, the PMSA issued on 21 November 2018 a consultation paper on the proposed licensing regime to gauge views from the public, and subsequently met with stakeholders to seek comments.
To address as early as possible certain concerns which stakeholders expressed during the consultation, the PMSA issued a press release in December 2018 to clarify matters such as who are required to hold property management practitioner licences. In addition, to allay concerns from certain owners’ organisations, the Home Affairs Department issued a letter to all owners’ organisations in January 2019 to explain further the very few situations where an owners’ organisation is required to hold a licence in order to manage its own property (please refer to relevant Frequently Asked Questions).
Having considered the views collected via the said public consultation, the PMSA adjusted the proposed licensing regime and continuted to actively promulgate such proposals since May 2019. As of 11 June 2019, the PMSA has met with more than 30 groups of stakeholders and further fine-tuned the details which have been consolidated into a paper for discussion in a meeting of the Panel on Home Affairs of the Legislative Council (the Panel) held on 24 June 2019. Thereafter, the PMSA continued to have dialogues with stakeholders. To collect opinion on the proposed licensing regime from stakeholders, the PMSA held more than 80 consultation sessions in 2019–20 to seek views and comments from the property management sector, owners’ organisations and other stakeholders including relevant institutes and professional bodies, and also sought the views of the District Councils or their committees. The PMSA issued an information paper in May 2020 to further report to the Panel on the details of the latest proposed licensing regime.
With a view to implementing the licensing regime from 1 August 2020, the PMSA submitted the subsidiary legislation to the Secretariat of the Legislative Council on 20 May 2020 to proceed with the negative vetting procedure. The relevant information is set out in the Legislative Council Brief.