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  1. Time to revisit law and consider minority property owners' rights

    Posted Sep 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the applications for compulsory land sale orders were made by well-known property developers and property acquisition agencies. It appears that the new law, having operated for almost 18 months, works very ... With the entry into force on April 1, 2010, of an amendment to the law governing the compulsory sale of land for redevelopment, which reduced from 90 per cent to 80 per cent the proportion ...

  2. Patent law clause to protect the Games logo

    Posted Dec 09th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... David Fang Organisers of the 2008 Olympics have found a way to keep rights to designs The State Intellectual Property Office has discovered a clause in the patent law that can be used ... Olympics organising committee but not patented. In general, patents on the mainland are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The intellectual property rights (IPR) office need not check ...

  3. Property and tax laws pass with few dissenters

    Posted Mar 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for private and state-owned property, and approved amendments to the tax law unifying the corporate tax rate at 25 per cent. The Property Law sailed through the national legislature with only 52 ... draft laws. For example, the Property Law now states that property owners will be able to request restoration of, and not just reparation for, damaged property, and owners of contaminated ...

  4. Leung must scrap small house policy

    Posted Apr 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... have to demonstrate a clear housing need. But clearly the policy has been abused over the years, with villagers selling the properties for quick profits. They went further to entrench this privilege, saying it forms part of their lawful traditional rights, which are protected by the Basic Law. That argument is difficult to accept. The legal experts interviewed by this paper shared ...

  5. Taming the demolition cowboys a welcome step

    Posted Jan 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that is trying to make progress towards the rule of law and which plans to enshrine private property rights in its constitution. Moreover, anger over these very issues is one of the main sources ... In China's fast-growing private property market, demolition firms play a crucial role that they do not have elsewhere in the world. They are often tasked with clearing land ...

  6. Tenant claims flat after landlord gone 26 years

    Posted Jun 11th 2010, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... also known as squatters' rights, if a private property is not used by its owner, and if another person has used it for at least 12 years, the other person can claim ownership. Deputy Judge ... a spear,' Wong said. 'Usually, a long-time possessor will use it to defend their right to the property when the original owners vanish for a long period of time and suddenly reappear and claim ...

  7. Property tax is cooling mainland market- for now

    Posted Feb 09th 2011, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Mainland homebuyers seem to have got the message- for now at least. Responding to the first roll-out last month in Shanghai and Chongqing of the long-awaited property tax- which ... in Shanghai and Chongqing was a response to the introduction of the property tax. Shanghai announced a trial annual tax which was effective from January 28. The tax will be levied annually at a rate ...

  8. Mainland curbs on property draw split views

    Posted Jan 29th 2011, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Analysts agree that the central government is serious about cooling down the overheated property market, but they differ sharply over whether Beijing's measures will work- ... on house prices, forcing them down. 'The new measures demonstrate the government's determination to rein in property prices, as well as its concerns about an asset bubble and inequality ...

  9. Stalemate over demolition

    Posted Mar 24th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for the judiciary, rather than just a bargaining point between the commercial interests of the developers and the wishes of the owner. Last week's passing of the Property Law, whose purpose ... But if not, the judicial authorities will be defied,' Mr Han said. He added that under current law, compulsory demolition was common practice, even though the new Property Law had placed more ...

  10. Owners can get better price from developers by banding together

    Posted Dec 09th 2009, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... a collective sales agreement, rather than negotiating individually, property analysts advise. Property agents engaged by a developer to do the transactions generally prefer flat owners to sell their units one by one, but owners should resist this strategy, says Willis Mak, director of the investment department at property consultancy Colliers International. 'The agents try to keep ...




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