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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Unpaid property taxes piling up in law firms a risk as Legco delays stamp duty bill, John Tsang claims

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Patsy Moy, Emily Tsang

    ... Patsy Moy and Emily Tsang Finance chief says property levies piling up at law firms while lawmakers are filibustering Tsang frets over delay to stamp duty bill's passage Law firms ... circumstances in the property market. However, a senior conveyancing lawyer said the professional code of conduct required law firms to keep a separate account for their clients' money. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548273/unpaid-property-taxes-piling-law-firms-risk-legco-delays-stamp-duty
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law to affirm double stamp duty passed, 17 months after levy came in

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by PHILE SIU, Ada Lee

    ... Phila Siu and Ada Lee The extra tax, which has been levied on almost all property purchases since early last year, voted into law before Legco’s summer break Doubling of stamp duty at last passed Legislation doubling the stamp duty on most property purchases was finally passed by lawmakers last night, just before the Legislative Council enters its three-month summer recess. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555049/law-affirm-double-stamp-duty-passed-17-months-after-levy-came
  3. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER AFFAIRS

    Buyers' gripes hit 3,400 after new trade descriptions law

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 04:02am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com 3,400 complain under new trade law The Consumer Council has received 3,463 complaints over unfair selling practices since the amended Trade Descriptions Ordinance took effect a year ago. One complaint involved HK$473,500- the highest amount in any of the cases- over a property trading scandal last year, when the sale of hotel suites developed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556479/buyers-gripes-hit-3400-after-new-trade-descriptions-law
  4. News - Hong Kong - PROPERTY

    New property law forbids publishing of unofficial price quotes

    Posted Apr 20th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Johnny Tam

    ... the law takes effect. The Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance is intended to protect consumer interests and increase market transparency. An information centre in Chai Wan will educate consumers on the law. There have also been concerns that developers may bombard buyers with information and cause even more confusion. Sun Hung Kai Properties has issued a three-volume, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1218652/new-property-law-forbids-publishing-unofficial-price-quotes
  5. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Children of married, unmarried parents equal under maintenance laws

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 04:21am by JONATHAN MOK, CARMEN CHENG

    ... legislation is not identical to English law. The question of whether the courts here had the power to order a lump sum payment or settlement of money for the purchase of property for children ... Jonathan Mok and Carmen Cheng Offspring are equal under maintenance laws no matter whether their parents ever tied the knot No suffering of little children when unmarried couples split ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1528812/children-married-unmarried-parents-equal-under-maintenance-laws
  6. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Hui trial: alleged go-between's sister-in-law testifies against him

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 11:48pm by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Sister-in-law testifies for prosecution in the Rafael Hui graft case, says alleged go-between routed money through her bank account Hui trial: Kwan 'used in-law's account' The sister-in-law of an alleged go-between in the relationship between former government No2 Rafael Hui Si-yan and the co-chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1539108/hui-trial-alleged-go-betweens-sister-law-testifies-against-him
  7. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Property developers in Britain accused of segregating communities with 'poor door' entrances for less well-off tenants

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 06:27am by GDN

    ... Many properties now have communal areas akin to those in top hotels. Service charges to maintain these are high, and a separate entrance means housing associations and their tenants do not face ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1559996/property-developers-britain-accused-segregating-communities
  8. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    High management fees likely for single-block developments, say property specialists

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:42am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Property specialists note that the government is pushing small developments to boost flat total High management fees likely for single-block homes The growing ... flats. This warning came from property specialists yesterday after it was disclosed that buyers of Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) flats in a remote Lantau town would pay management fees almost equal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1558541/high-management-fees-likely-single-block-developments-say-property
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Speak up now or risk being drowned out by the radicals, says Dr Law Chi-kwong to moderates

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:56am by NG KANG-CHUNG, Joyce Ng

    ... for political reforms or risk public opinion being hijacked. "If middle-of-the-roaders do not speak up … we could see the minority decide the future of the majority," said Dr Law Chi-kwong, of the University of Hong Kong's department of social work and social administration. Law is one of 18 scholars who have jointly put forward a moderate political reform package, which calls ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560650/speak-now-or-risk-being-drowned-out-radicals-says-dr-law-chi-kwong
  10. News - World - DRUGS

    Loophole in Spanish law makes Barcelona a marijuana haven

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 04:32am by AFP

    ... a crop of red-dyed curly hair. Smokers' groups say at least 700 such associations have sprung up in Spain due to a legal loophole. Dealing in cannabis is illegal in Spain but the law does ... of Cannabis Associations. "But no one knows either what paperwork you have to have nor how to prove to the police, if they come, that what we are doing is not breaking the law." Would-be ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1560548/loophole-spanish-law-makes-barcelona-marijuana-haven

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