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Effects of building management regimes of private apartment buildings in Hong Kong

Daniel Chi‐wing Ho (Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China)
Yung Yau (Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China)
Siu‐kei Wong (Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China)
Alex King‐chung Cheung (Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China)
Kwong‐wing Chau (Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China)
Hing‐fung Leung (Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China)

Property Management

ISSN: 0263-7472

Article publication date: 1 May 2006

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Abstract

Purpose

There has been a growing public concern over the importance of building management in apartment buildings. However, people's views toward the effects of building management on building performance have long been divergent due to a lack of empirical study. This study aims to empirically test the relationship between building management regimes and the conditions of private apartment buildings in Hong Kong.

Design/methodology/approach

An assessment scheme was developed to assess the health and safety conditions of 134 apartment buildings. Multiple regression models were then applied to analyze the effect of building management regimes on building conditions. The optimal functional form of the regression models was selected using Box‐Cox transformation.

Findings

The empirical results suggested that the presence of incorporated owners and property management agents (PMA) are significant factors in enhancing building conditions.

Research limitations/implications

The sample was confined to single block buildings located in one particular district in Hong Kong. Further research is needed to validate the findings in estate‐type developments as well as those in other districts.

Practical implications

The empirical results assisted building owners in determining which management regimes to adopt should they want better building conditions. The government may also consider giving more support to owners by incorporating them and employing PMAs to create a pleasant living environment for society.

Originality/value

Our study is the first in the literature to provide an empirical test reconciling the divergent views toward the effects of building management with the conditions of buildings.

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Citation

Chi‐wing Ho, D., Yau, Y., Wong, S., King‐chung Cheung, A., Chau, K. and Leung, H. (2006), "Effects of building management regimes of private apartment buildings in Hong Kong", Property Management, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 309-321. https://doi.org/10.1108/02637470610660174

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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