Expanding social housing and achieving housing justice

  • Date: 2018-07-20

President Tsai Ing-wen has pledged to make available 200,000 rent-only social housing units over eight year to middle-class workers, single-parent families, senior citizens, those suffering from disability, and young people unable to afford houses of their own, so that all may have safe and secure homes in which to live. To achieve this and increase the supply of housing, the government will commission 120,000 new units, and rent an additional 80,000 units from the private sector, to be sublet and managed by third-party agents. At the same time, developers will be offered bonus floor space incentives to build, while privately owned idle properties will be made available through third-party subleasing and management. These market-balancing mechanisms will bring equilibrium to the home rental and purchase markets, thereby stabilizing housing supply and demand and protecting the public’s right to housing.

Concrete actions
Amend the Housing Act to help local governments overcome such obstacles as land acquisition, budget allocation, taxation and manpower.
Allow unremunerated use of or long-term leases on non-public state-owned land and properties to increase the number of channels through which local governments can acquire land and resources.
Establish a social housing financing service platform to assist local governments resolve funding issues by providing a source of long-term, low-interest funds for the construction of social housing.
Promote the subleasing and management of private-sector housing by agents acting on behalf of the government, including a pilot program covering 10,000 units that began in December 2017 and will run for three years in Taiwan’s six special municipalities.
Establish a National Housing and Urban Regeneration Center that will use a corporate operations model to help the central government promote social housing.
Create a system for professional subleasing and management services as envisioned in the Rental Housing Market Development and Regulation Act.
Build quality social housing that people can appreciate, incorporating green and smart technologies, seismic-code standards, accessibility features for people with disabilities, and designs amenable to the provision of child care and long-term care.