Long-term occupant seeks title to flat

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 July, 2011, 12:00am

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A woman who has lived rent-free in a Wan Chai flat for more than 30 years is seeking legal ownership of the property.

In a writ filed with the Court of First Instance yesterday Tsang Siu-hing argues that she should be granted ownership of the fifth-floor flat on Stone Nullah Lane under the Limitation Ordinance because the title of the late landlord Chan Kit-hen and his representatives had been extinguished. Tsang also says she is a relative of the deceased.

According to the writ, Chan was and remains the registered owner of the flat. Through a verbal agreement between Tsang's husband and Chan in 1968, the flat was rented to the family for HK$220 a month.

The tenancy continued until June 1979, when Chan died of heart disease, after which Tsang stopped paying rent.

In the writ, Tsang argues that Chan's possession of the property ended upon his death in July 1979. Tsang says she and her family started paying rates from then, and renovated and maintained the flat over the years.

Tsang says their five children lived in the flat until they married but the elderly couple continued to stay there.

32

The number of years Tsang has lived rent-free in the fifth-floor property in Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai