Tough law tackles structures

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 February, 2005, 12:00am

Property owners hoping to put up illegal structures and expecting to assert their right to keep them in place will not have it easy any more with the revised buildings law in place.

The Buildings (Amendment) Ordinance 2004 empowers individuals to work through the building authorities to correct any unauthorised works detected, according Keith Futcher, managing director of EastPoint Property Management Services.

The ordinance, which came into effect late last year, empowers the Building Authority to issue warning notices to owners of premises with unauthorised structures. If these structures are not removed within a given period of time, the Buildings Department will inform the Land Registry.

Anyone who intends to buy a property with such structures will be made aware of their presence.

'These records would have an impact on resale activity,' Mr Futcher said.

In the past, individuals objecting to illegal structures would complain to the owners' committee, but this often resulted in bickering and disharmony in the community.