Bid to stop flat owners blocking repair work
The Housing Authority is seeking a court order that will allow it to gain access and carry out repairs to a residential block at an estate in Mongkok.
The authority has filed a writ with the High Court seeking an injunction to stop flat owners at Hoi Ning Court barring entry to its staff and agents.
The building is one of four blocks on the Hoi Fu Court housing estate, which is managed by the authority.
The department is also seeking to prohibit the flat owners from tapping into management funds after defective aluminium window frames were installed in some homes.
The writ claims the flat owners decided in July to use the funds to conduct an investigation into the matter.
There had been incidents of the window frames becoming detached at flats located in Hoi Fu Court since 2003, according to the writ.
It added loose tiles on the internal walls of the four residential blocks were also discovered in 2003.
'Spalling concrete in staircases, concrete defects and leakage of external pipes' was also evident.
Repairs were completed at the estate, with the exception of Hoi Ning Court, before the end of last year.
The writ says the authority had failed to reach agreement for the issue of repair work to be incorporated into the agenda of the flat owners' general meeting, which was held last night.
The authority alleged 'the refusal or the hindrance posed by the defendants was against the interest of the co-owners of Hoi Fu Court, of which the plaintiff is one, and caused the defendants to be in breach of its duty and obligations to upkeep, repair, maintain Hoi Fu Court ...'