Flat-repair law 'too tough'

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 November, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 November, 2000, 12:00am

Proposed measures to force property owners to keep their homes in good repair have been criticised as too sweeping.

Solicitor Wong Kwok-tung said during yesterday's RTHK City Forum programme that it was too radical to allow owners' corporations to mortgage a person's flat to settle a repair bill for a block if the owner refused to pay his share.

'The repair bill might be about $10,000, but the owner would lose about 20 to 30 per cent of the flat price if his flat was forcibly mortgaged,' said Mr Wong, of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood.

He said the punishment did not fit the crime.

Hong Kong Progressive Alliance legislator Tang Siu-tong and Mr Wong urged the Home Affairs Department to provide more help to owners.

The proposed amendment to the Building Management Ordinance would also encourage owners to check the condition of their building. Dr Tang said the suggestion had arisen because 10,000 buildings were 20 to 30 years old and it was difficult for the Government to check them all in a short time.