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Title: Difficulties in executing the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) for existing private buildings in Hong Kong
Authors: Chan, DWM 
Choi, TNY
Keywords: Building inspection
Building management
Building safety
Difficulties in building repair and maintenance
Hong kong
Old private buildings
Issue Date: Aug-2015
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Habitat international, Aug. 2015, v. 48, p. 97-105 How to cite?
Journal: Habitat international 
Abstract: Hong Kong is a highly developed and densely populated city with a multitude of ageing buildings. To maintain the Hong Kong's ageing building stock properly and promote public safety in a sustainable manner, it is crucial to ensure that building owners will take up the responsibility for inspecting and repairing their own properties on a regular basis. The Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) has been regarded as an effective measure in resolving the neglected building maintenance problems. However, there will also be some major difficulties encountered during implementation. This paper aims to investigate the genuine difficulties in executing MBIS for old private buildings in Hong Kong, based on an industry-wide empirical questionnaire survey. The survey findings reflected that the most profound difficulties in implementing MBIS include: (1) Difficulty in co-ordinating the individual flat owners for carrying out building inspection and necessary repair and maintenance works; (2) Disagreements or disputes amongst individual flat owners, owners' corporation or property management company will hinder the implementation process; and (3) Lack of property owners' initiative or owners' co-operation. After determining the key difficulties of MBIS, the research study would be significant to generate valuable insights into developing effective recommendations or measures for alleviating the barriers to MBIS success in future execution.
ISSN: 0197-3975
EISSN: 1873-5428
DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.03.015
Rights: ©2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Habitat International. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. The definitive version Chan, D. W., & Choi, T. N. (2015). Difficulties in executing the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) for existing private buildings in Hong Kong. Habitat International, 48, 97-105 is available at
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