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  1. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Clamping down on illegal guest houses in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 05:03am by DAVID MALLINSON AND EMILY WONG

    ... the following changes: Enabling the Office of the Licensing Authority to refuse to issue or renew licences, and to cancel existing ones, in buildings where the deed of mutual covenant contains an express provision against the operation of guest houses. A deed of mutual covenant is an agreement defining the rights, interests and obligations of the parties in a building with multiple ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Squatters' rights seem wrong, but possession isn't so simple

    Posted Feb 26th 2013, 12:00am by MICHAEL LOWER

    ... to buy a flat, you would probably talk to the person who seemed to be the owner, the person who had the keys and acted like they owned the place. Later, your lawyer would look at the title deeds to make sure the seller really was the owner. The title deeds might not tell the whole story, though. For example, they would not tell you whether the ownership rights of the paper-title holder ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Failure to observe formalities can lead to danger

    Posted Apr 23rd 2013, 12:00am by MICHAEL LOWER

    ... to mind, it might be that of a pile of title deeds. Formality has a very important part to play in land law. When it comes to something as expensive and important as land, certainty is important. Having your name on the title deeds of a property allows you to prove you are the owner. For that reason, it is not usually possible to create or transfer an interest in land without some form ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Looking deep into the art of building management

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 04:45am by MICHAEL LOWER

    ... The Building Management Ordinance requires the owners' corporation to maintain the common parts and to do all that is reasonably necessary to enforce the deed of mutual covenant. It is up ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    A Hongkonger's home is his corporate entity

    Posted Aug 20th 2013, 12:00am by MICHAEL LOWER

    ... to hold the executive to account. Hong Kong has a system that achieves all these goals. The developer and the buyer of the first flat enter into a deed of mutual covenant (DMC) containing what ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Beware of pitfalls in buying property

    Posted May 21st 2013, 12:00am by MICHAEL LOWER

    ... it should be all over bar the shouting. In principle, it only remains for the seller to execute and deliver the deed conveying title to the property to the buyer, hand over the keys and collect ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Will looking to the law solve society's morality problems?

    Posted Apr 30th 2013, 12:00am by DR KAREN LEE

    ... the community is called to do good deeds, his name was also mentioned with the likes of Karl Marx and Mao Zedong in the recent National People's Congress meeting, during which comrades were urged ...



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