China will supply 6.5 million more low-cost rental homes in 2021-25

FILE PHOTO: Residential and commercial buildings are located in downtown Guangzhou, China October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will supply 6.5 million new low-cost rental housing in 40 major cities in 2021-2025, an official said on Tuesday, aiming to meet rising demand in major cities as their populations grow.

That will ease living difficulties for 13 million young people, Pan Wei, an official from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said at a news briefing in Beijing, according to an official transcript.

China has stepped up efforts to address housing issues faced by young people particularly, amid soaring home prices in large cities, under President Xi Jinping’s “common prosperity” plan.

The development push for affordable rental housing is focusing on cities with large population inflows and high home prices, Pan said.

Tier-one cities like Beijing and Shanghai will supply a total of 1.87 million units of low-cost rental housing in 2021-2025, according to Reuters’ calculations based on plans published by cities.

In 2021, 936,000 units were offered in 40 cities, housing 2 million young people, said Pan.

China’s property downturn is expected to continue in 2022, with monthly new home prices declining and a liquidity crisis that has engulfed some major property developers.

Chinese regulators are marginally easing curbs on the property sector to prevent a hard landing and to meet the demand from non-speculative home buyers.

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