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追求個人獨立空間|Pursuing Individual Space

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Pursuing Individual Space|追求個人獨立空間

診所護士:劏房租金高企

她腰板挺得頗直,瑟縮在床上的一角,整理著床鋪。劏房是香港出租房子的一種獨特形式,大部分在唐樓或舊樓出現,簡單點來說,業主會把一個住宅單位分開出租,而分開出租的單位稱為劏房。現任職診所護士數年的欣欣,搬來黃大仙一劏房已有三年多了,昂貴的租金換來窄小的空間使她頗有微言。

 

搬進劏房 由想擁有私人空間為始

欣欣憶述,她原來一家六口住在觀塘孔雀樓一間三人的公共房屋單位。單位內的空間難以容納六口人。她說:「做功課也要瑟縮在床邊完成」。她稱,晚飯後,即使一家人樂也融融地坐在客廳裡看電視,也很擠逼。

在中學時,她看見某些同學能有屬於自己的獨立空間,就覺得很羨慕,並希望終有一日能有屬於自己的一間房。她在未搬進劏房前,與姐姐一間房。她們的房間是用一塊木板做的間隔,「這就像現在醫院的床位那樣,床與床之間是沒什麼空間可言的」。從那時候起,她想擁有屬於自己的一個獨立空間的渴望就越來越強烈了。

 

租金若減 便是晴天

她頹然道:「我希望租金不要每年都增加,而且不要那麼昂貴」。她幽幽的表示,現時的租金大約每月是四千六元,而她每月的薪金是一萬四千元。她不停的抱怨,這個一百呎都沒有的單位,每月都要給四千至五千元租金,實在不值。環顧房子四周,一張單人床旁邊就是電飯煲,電飯煲旁邊就是浴室,浴室連伸懶腰的位置也沒有。她的煮食,洗澡,睡覺全在這個一百呎也不夠的單位內。

她搬出來住後,每月還要給家人生活費,交水電費,及花生活費開支等等。她慨歎,在租金昂貴,物價飛漲的香港,想要儲錢真的很困難。說到這裡,她的一雙波濤深邃的眼睛瞇起來像重重的簾幕,彷如一片深閉的夜空,難以看見明天。她原想脫離原生家庭窄小的囚籠以換取更廣闊的私人空間,卻不曾想到,圈禁她的是另一個更大的囚籠。租金的桎梏,是她生命中難以承受的重。 

 

衛生問題欠佳 安全使人留有餘悸

欣欣認為,劏房存在著很大的衛生問題。她稱:「無論你把房子打掃得多麼清潔,都一定會出現蟑螂」。她憶述,她在好幾次夜裡,都看見有一、兩隻蟑螂在墻邊經過。她忍不住,把蟑螂打死了,但從小害怕蟲類的她,不敢處理蟑螂的屍體,把其屍骸踢進了床底下。劏房的大廈通常沒有清潔工人做清潔的工作,梯間總是堆滿了垃圾,故有蟑螂也是常事。

她居住的這棟大廈,曾有住客忘記了關上樓下的閘門,有不知名的人士想剪開樓下大閘門的鎖。最後,幸好住客們都安然無恙。欣欣想起這件事,至今仍然留有餘悸。

 

知多一點點

業主想賺多點金錢,把房子的間隔越縮越小,租金也每年增加。變相,年輕人的居住空間也越縮越小,並很難儲錢買樓宇。根據經濟日報的描述,截止2018年7月,西環的一間二百呎的劏房,每月的租金就已達八千五百元。

 

Clinic Nurse: The Rent of Subdivided Units keeps Raising 

She straightens her waist and back, curls herself on the corner of her bed, making her bed. Subdivided unit is a kind of unique apartments for rent in Hong Kong. It can be usually seen in tenement buildings or old buildings. Simply speaking, the owner will divid an apartment into several units for rent. Those units for rent are subdivided units. Yan Yan, who has been a clinic nurse for several years, has moved to this subdivided unit located in Wong Tai Sin for around three years already. Expensive rent trades only a crowded space dissatisfied her.

 

It all started with the Thought of Owning A Private Space

Yan Yan recalls that originally, she lives with her family of six inside a three-person public housing unit in Hung Cheuk Lau, Kwan Tong. The space of the unit is difficult  to accommodate six person. “I have to finish my homework curl up at the edge of the bed”, she says. In addition, it is hard for the whole family sitting in the living room to watch television programs comfortably because it is too crowded.

In her secondary school days, she envies some of her classmates have their own space, and hopes that one day she is going to have her own room. She shares the room with her sister before she moves into subdivided unit. A wooden board separates their room. “It is similar to the hospital beds nowadays. There is no space between our bed.” From that time, her desire of owning her individual space becomes stronger and stronger.

 

If the Rent is Reduced, her days are Brightened 

“I hope the rent does not rise every year, and cheaper.” She says dispiritedly. She expresses dully that the rent is around $4,600 per month nowadays, while her salary is $14,000. She keeps complaining that it is not worth to pay $4000 to $5000 for this unit without 100 feet every month. Looking around the house, the rice cooker is just beside her single bed, and the bathroom is just around the rice cooker. There is even no space for stretching inside the bathroom. Cooking, bathing and sleeping can only be finished inside this under 100 feet unit.

She has to pay her family living expenses, water and electricity expenses, and other expenditures after moving out. She sighs that it is hard to save money in Hong Kong where rent is expensive and prices are soaring. At this point, her deep eyes squints like heavy curtains, as if a deep night sky, hard to see the next sun rise. She wants to escape the tiny cage she has been living with her family of six, replacing with a wider private space. Who could have thought what she is trapped in now is a bigger cage? Rent is the obstacle she can hardly surmount in her life.

 

Bad hygiene & Danger

Yan Yan thinks that there are serious hygienic issue in subdivided units. “There are always cockroaches no matter how you clean your home.” She says. She remembers she sees one or two cockroaches crawling on the wall in the middle of the night for several times. She cannot bare them and kill them. However, she is scared of insects since she is small, she is too scare to treat their corpses. Therefore, she kicks them into the bottom of the bed. Furthermore, it is usual to see cockroaches in subdivided units. Since there are no cleaners cleaning the building of subdivided units, therefore there are always rubbish piles up at the staircase.

There are once that one of the tenants forgets to lock the front gate at the building she lives. Then, a guy tries to break the lock. Fortunately, at last all tenants are safe and sound. Yan Yan is still lingering fear when she thinks of this accident.

 

To Know More

The owners want to earn more, therefore they separate the rooms into smaller and smaller space while the rent keeps raising every year. Indirectly speaking, the living area of young people keeps shrinking. Moreover, it is difficult for them to save money and buy their own property. According to HKET, the rent of a 200 feet subdivided unit located in Western District has reached $8,500 per month by July, 2018.

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